Monday, April 25, 2016

Lightning Ignites Oil Tanks Near New Town

From:  KX News 

 Photo by Dave Lindee

Two families were evacuated from their homes near Van Hook this afternoon after a group of oil storage tanks exploded and caught fire.

It appears the oil tanks ignited due to a lightning strike during a vigorous thunderstorm around Noon Sunday a few miles east of New Town.

The tanks burned for nearly three hours - under the watch of firefighters from New Town who allowed the fire to burn itself out - and accepted help from the torrential rain that was falling at the time. MORE