Lightning causes at least 2 overnight fires

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WICHITA, Kan. — Early-morning thunderstorms in KAKEland are blamed for at least two fires, including one which was allowed to burn out on its own.

An oil storage tank caught fire around 3 a.m. near the community of Greenwich, in the area of E. 53rd and N. 127th Streets. The tank contained between 250 and 300 gallons of oil. It took several hours for the oil to burn off.

Lightning from a thunderstorm also is blamed for sparking a house fire around 2:30 a.m. in the 800 block of South Seneca. Dispatchers received reports of three different homes on fire within a block of each other. Once that was sorted out, a family in the house which was burning was rescued safely.

The storms also brought enough rain to prompt flash flood warnings. Wichita's airport recorded more than one inch of rain, while Great Bend had more than 4.4 inches as of 6 a.m.

Oil storage tank fire


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