PK East volunteer firefighters work to keep flames away from the metal tank on the right at the Ragle Road fire.
PK East volunteer firefighters work to keep flames away from the metal tank on the right at the Ragle Road fire. (Mark Engebretson)
Graford, Possum Kingdom East and Mineral Wells volunteer fire departments were kept busy after lightning struck two tank batteries in the Graford area Wednesday afternoon.
The Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Office dispatcher toned out Graford VFD between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. with a report of a lightning strike along Turpin Road about two miles north of Graford. Flames were on the ground and Graford Fire Chief Alton Reed requested mutual aid from PK East VFD — a tanker for additional water.
Some 30 minutes later, the dispatcher again toned Graford VFD with a report of another lightning strike on a tank battery, this one south of Graford along Ragle Road. Reed asked dispatch to call the Mineral Wells VFD.
Before PK East arrived at the Turpin fire, Reed notified them that fire was under control and asked PK East units to respond to the Ragle Road fire.
Upon arrival three of four tanks were on fire. The fourth, a metal tank, was in danger. Firefighters began cooling the metal tank while a plan of attack was formulated.
Graford, Mineral Wells and PK East firefighters used foam to help contain the flames while keeping oil from spreading to other areas.
Three tanks were destroyed in the fire, no injuries were reported.

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