Lightning strike causes fire in Vinton oil field

Source: Mark Nace, Vinton Fire Dept.
Source: Mark Nace, Vinton Fire Dept.

The Ward 7 Fire Department is responding to calls of a fire at an oil field in Vinton.

Mark Nace, with the Vinton Fire Department who was called on stand-by, says a lightning strike hit the oil canister, puncturing a hole causing oil to leak out. Because of the constant oil flow, the fire kept reigniting itself until firefighters put foam to the flames.

At this moment, the fire is contained and firefighters are waiting for all of the oil to be released. No injuries were reported.

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