Late-evening fire in Craig sparked by lightning strike to fuel tank |

Late-evening fire in Craig sparked by lightning strike to fuel tank

Pillars of smoke rise from Axis Steel, as firefighters attempt to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby buildings and fields. The blaze erupted about 7 p.m. Friday and is suspected to have been caused by a lightning strike.
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Editor’s note: This story was updated 9:22 a.m.

CRAIG — A fire, sparked by a lightning strike to an above-ground fuel tank at the Moffat County Road and Bridge Shop, briefly threatened Craig early Friday evening.

About 7 p.m., Craig Fire/Rescue rushed to the 800 block of Second Street, near the Moffat County Shop — in response to reports of a fire spreading toward other parts of downtown Craig. Moffat County Sheriff and Fire Chief KC Hume said they received the call around 6:53 p.m.

Officers with the Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office deputies were directing traffic in the area of Second Street and closed off roads in the vicinity of Third Street and Woodbury Drive, as residents were leaving work and heading home. Hume said he had requested area around First Street to be closed off so firefighters can work putting out the fire and keep people safe.

About 9:20 p.m. Friday, Hume confirmed the fire had been extinguished and that one tank had been destroyed and the other fuel tanks nearby were safe.

Hume added that, apart from the fuel tank, no structures were damaged by the blaze.

This is a developing story, and the Craig Press will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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