Lightning Strike Causes Petroleum Fire in Kansas City

Kansas City, Kan. - Firefighters in eastern Kansas say they'll have to let a fire at a petroleum storage site burn itself out.

The fire started Tuesday evening at a fuel and petroleum facility in Kansas City, Kansas. Officials say the fire started when lightning hit a large storage tank at the facility near downtown. The plant is owned by Magellan, LLC. The terminal handles jet fuel, ethanol, diesel and other fuel oils.

No injuries are reported.

Firefighters used water to cool the tank and keep the fire from spreading. They've also evacuated the area for fear that the tank might not be able to hold the oil.

The tank contained 58,000 barrels of unleaded gasoline, and fire crews are trying to prevent the blaze from reaching a nearby tank with 15,000 barrels of gas.

A series of strong cells passed through the Kansas City area around 7 p.m., producing strong winds, heavy rain and hail.

Tornado sirens went off in Lees Summit, Missouri, and up to nickel-sized hail fell in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Information from Associated Press and KCTV-5

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