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Lightning strike sparks tank fire near Watford City

WATFORD CITY -- Lightning sparked an oil tank fire south of Watford City on Sunday, officials reported. Emergency crews were at the site and reported that three separate tanks caught on fire. A photo showed the tops of two tanks melted. No injuri...

 

WATFORD CITY - Lightning sparked an oil tank fire south of Watford City on Sunday, officials reported.

 

Emergency crews were at the site and reported that three separate tanks caught on fire. A photo showed the tops of two tanks melted.

 

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No injuries were reported.

 

The strike hit a salt water disposal well owned by Secure Energy Services at approximately 7 p.m. Sunday evening, McKenzie County Emergency Manager Jerry Samuelson said.

 

The company, which operates oil drilling, recovery and disposal services in the United States and Canada, uses the site for as a 24-hour standalone water disposal facility.

 

McKenzie County emergency staff said fire crews brought water to the site in an effort to keep the fire from spreading.

 

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Emergency crews reported almost three hours after the fire started that they had successfully extinguished the oil tank fires after spraying them with chemical foam.

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