Lightning strike sparks Oklahoma power plant fire

Southern Plains Storms

CHOUTEAU, Okla. (AP) — An apparent lightning strike that sparked a fire at a northeastern Oklahoma power plant that burned for several hours has been extinguished.

No injuries were reported after Friday's blaze at the Chouteau power plant and the Grand River Dam Authority says the fire didn't cause power outages.

GRDA spokesman Justin Alberty tells the Tulsa World that the strike knocked a pump offline and the fire started after workers tried to restart it. Alberty says most of the flames were put out by 11:30 p.m., except for hot spots on the unit's roofline.

The electricity supplier says it plans to begin assessing the damage to the unit on Saturday.

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