STEPHENS COUNTY, OK (KSWO) - Firefighters are blaming lightning strikes for sparking two fires within just a few miles of each other in Stephens County Monday morning.
One of the fires broke out in Central High just after 11:00 Monday morning when lightning struck two tank batteries. Then, just a few miles away near the intersection of Highway 7 and Highway 81, another fire broke out, destroying a home.
The homeowners did not want to go on camera but said shortly before 11 a.m. they left their home and headed for the post office. On their way back, as they approached their home, they noticed smoke coming from the area. Once they turned onto their block, they saw flames engulfing their home.
Marlow's Fire Chief said by the time crews arrived, the fire had already taken over the home's attic and was quickly spreading to the rest of the house. They are still investigating, but believe the fire was ignited when the house was struck by lightning.
Fire officials also believe lightning was the culprit behind another fire just a few miles away, this time setting two tank batteries on fire just down the road from Central High Public Schools.
Thick, black smoke could be seen for miles filling the air. Crews were able to put that fire out before it spread to the surrounding field.
The owners of the home said it is a total loss but fortunately, no one was injured in the fire.