A group of oil storage tanks on FM 834 West in Hardin caught on fire Wednesday morning as a thunderstorm passed through the area. Lightning is being blamed for starting the blaze.
The lid of the first tank struck by lightning was blown a few hundred feet away, according to Brett Audilet, a spokesperson for Hardin Volunteer Fire Department.
Firefighters from Hardin, Liberty and Hull-Daisetta kept the fire contained and kept it from spreading further.
Liberty County Hazmat also responded to the scene.
By Vanesa Brashier, firstname.lastname@example.org