Lightning sparks fires in county


Last week’s weather, in addition to keeping areas of Madison County underwater, was responsible for several fires due to lightning strikes.

Midway Fire Chief Edwin Faw said the Midway Volunteer Fire Department fought several fires attributed to the weather

The worst was a tank fire that broke out March 28 on an oil tank battery on Forest Ranch Road east of Midway.

Faw said the property was owned by Burk Royalty, and he estimates that the company lost upwards of a quarter to a half million dollars.

Agencies involved in fighting the fire were Midway Oilfield, Midway, Madisonville, Leona, Austonio and Weldon, which responded with a foam trailer. Additionally, Drake’s Wrecker brought out soap, and the office of Emergency Management in Madison County was on scene because of the nature of the fire.

Faw said it took about three hours to put out the blaze; firefighters used 20,000 gallons of water and 1,000 gallons of foam.

He also said that on March 24, lightning started a barn fire and a tree fire.

“Lightning has been pretty intense lately,” he said.

On March 16, lightning caused a tank fire south at 4480 Mills Lane.

Madisonville Fire Chief Thom Jones said his team got the call at 6:16 p.m. and were out till about 10 p.m. Two other agencies assisted fighting the fire, and used about 25 gallons of foam between two engines and five tankers.

All tanks were destroyed, he said.