Crews believe lightning to be the cause of oil tank fire

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

GRAYSON, COUNTY, TX -- Two oil tanks caught fire just west of Sherman Monday night sending flames and smoke high into the air.

Sherman Firefighters say they believe the fire started when lightning struck one of the oil tanks. Officials say fortunately because of the weather they already had additional staffing on hand, but they were not expecting to battle an oil well fire.

Firefighters tell us the fire started around 7 p.m. just off of Highways 289 and 82. They say it started after the lightning strike spread to a second tank. A Grayson County Airport truck was called in to help control the blaze. Crews managed to turn off the pumps and gas, and eventually got the fire out with the help of Whitesboro and Southmayd fire crews.

Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones says crews battled the flames for almost two hours and at one point he says they feared the tanks might break apart.

"We were worried one of the tanks was showing structural failures so we were concerned that whatever fuel oil that was in that tank may spill out and exceed the capacity of the containment back so that's the reason we wanted to hurry up and get this thing out," Chief Jones said.

No one was injured during the fire.

Crews were on the scene for a while after the fire cleaning up the oil that spilled.

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