Claremore Daily Progress

Oologah/Talala

July 16, 2013

Lightning strikes, gas meters ignite causing Oologah neighborhood evacuation

OOLOGAH —

Northwest Fire District crews and Oklahoma Natural Gas employees worked throughout the evening Tuesday to secure the scene of a gas fire in Oologah.

A lightning strike, occurring at approximately 5:30 p.m. hit a live power line sparking the fire that evacuated approximately 25 percent of incorporated Oologah.

Lightning struck a pole arching onto gas meters then traveling underground through a metal gas line sparking a fire and blowing a hole in the line approximately three blocks away, according to Fire Chief David Puckett .

Firefighters allowed the gas to burn off before gas service was shut down, after ONG workers arrived around 6:30 p.m.

Oologah Police evacuated the area and Northwest Fire Department extinguished the fire by approximately 8 p.m., he added.

Door to door checks were done and homes were surveyed for other leaks and damage.

“I have never seen anything underground like this before,” Puckett said.

Firemen worked with Oklahoma Natural Gas to make sure the area was safe for residents, according to Puckett.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes about 10 p.m.

No structure damage or injuries were reported.

It could take up to three days to return gas service to the area, Puckett said.

ONG was contacted for more information on today’s repairs, however representatives are unavailable at this time for comment.

1
Text Only
Oologah/Talala
  • Winter March 2014 Winter’s last gasp?

    A powerful winter storm brought sleet and snow to Rogers County Sunday, leaving roads in hazardous condition and all schools were closed on Monday.

    March 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Oologah splits in 4A sub-regional playoffs

    The Oologah Mustangs had a split in the Class 4A sub-regional basketball playoffs Thursday night at Bill Allen Field House.
    The No. 16 Oologah boys beat Tulsa Webster 67-61.  The Lady Mustangs, however, fell 48-44 against the No. 16 Berryhill Maidens.

    March 2, 2014

  • One injured in rollover crash near Oologah

    A pickup truck driver suffered minor injuries Monday morning after losing control of the vehicle near Highway 169 south of Oologah, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

    February 24, 2014

  • Oologah’s DeSpain scores 40 in road win over Hilldale

    Hilldale’s Hillary Calvert did anything she wanted Friday night against Oologah, on her way to a game-high 21 points, five steals and five rebounds, leading the Lady Hornets past the Lady Mustangs 61-27 at the Hilldale Event Center.

    February 2, 2014

  • Burn ban issued in Rogers County

    A burn ban was issued Monday for Rogers County by county commisioners due to high winds and drought conditions.

    January 27, 2014

  • Election-artweb.jpg Northwest Fire District, Catoosa and Tulsa voters go to the polls today

    Voters in parts of Rogers County go to the polls today to decide school bonds and a bond to expand the Northwest Fire District. For results of the election click here Election Results 2013.

    November 12, 2013 1 Photo

  • 20131111_7625web.jpg Honoring Those Who Served

    Rogers County residents saluted area veterans Monday during the annual Claremore Veterans Day Parade.

    November 12, 2013 8 Photos

  • Poachers strike Oologah

    Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Game Warden Lt. Brek Henry is searching for answers after five whitetail bucks were found decapitated this weekend near Oologah Lake.

    November 12, 2013

  • Toys4Totsweb.jpg Toys for Tots kicks off campaign

    The holidays are a a time for celebration, but many Rogers County and Claremore children are less fortunate. The joy of a gift can bring happiness into a difficult situation for these children.

    November 12, 2013 1 Photo

  • Fees set for agencies joining E911 dispatch

    The E911 Trust Authority voted Thursday to set fees for agencies looking to join the countywide dispatch center.

    November 7, 2013

Poll

Severe storm season is beginning. Do you have a storm readiness plan at home?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
AP Video