Lightning strike sparks oilfield fire in Kilgore

WEBXTRA: Lightning strike sparks oilfield fire in Kilgore

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - Emergency crews are responding to an oilfield fire in Kilgore.

About 5:40 p.m. Saturday, Kilgore Fire Department and Sabine Fire and Rescue firefighters responded to a fire on Watson Road in Kilgore. Photos from the scene show large plumes of black smoke.

What’s on fire?

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According to the Sabine Fire chief, a tank battery was struck by lightning. One of the tanks caught on fire. Officials say mud and high water have prevented them from getting equipment close to the flames.

RAW VIDEO: Smoke from oilfield fire in Kilgore

The fire has also melted power lines hanging near the tanks, according to the chief.

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