Oil Fire Sparked by Lightning

A lightning strike could be the cause of an oil tank fire today in Longview. Around 3:30 this afternoon, witnesses say a bolt of lightning hit an oil tank battery located just north of Longview. Several fire units were called to the scene as billowing black smoke and towering flames rose from the burning oil. Several people were evacuated from nearby homes. No one was injured. The fire was contained to the tanker area. Crews will now back off and let the flames burn out.