Lightning Sparks Fire at Houston Chemical Plant

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Firefighters blamed lightning for starting a fire at a chemical plant in east Houston on Wednesday.

Around 2 a.m., HFD responded to a storage tank fire. When they arrived at the scene on Wallisville Road and Port Street, they found a small fire inside a storage tank at a chemical plant.

According to firefighters, lightning struck the tank around 12:30 a.m., sparking the blaze.

Firefighters said the tank contained mineral oil -- an additive, non-flammable product used to make engine oil.

Firefighters quickly put out the flames; no chemical was released.

No one was injured in the fire.

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