Oklahoma Officials Suspect Lightning in House Fire

June 5, 2012

Authorities are investigating whether a lightning strike caused a house fire in east Tulsa, Okla., early Monday morning.

Tulsa television station KOTV reports that the fire happened at about 1:45 a.m. It wasn’t clear whether anyone was inside the house at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported.

Tulsa firefighters say power lines had been ripped from the home – possibly from an explosion caused by a lightning strike.

Severe weather knocked out electricity to thousands of customers in the Tulsa area on Monday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for parts of northeastern Oklahoma on Monday as the storms dumped up to 6 inches of rain in some areas.

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