Fire outbreak in East Fort Worth

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10.05.11.Politseyskie dispatchers and firefighters all night Tuesday to answer questions concern the inhabitants East Fort Worth in Texas calling about strange light flashes.

Several transformers were struck by lightning in east Fort Worth Tuesday night, said Oncor spokeswoman Jeamy Molina.

Repair crews work after a night of Wednesday to night after lightning strikes "destroyed" some of the transformers, Molina said.

About 550 power outages were reported in the Metroplex at noon environment, with most of them in the Fort Worth, said Molina.

Number of outages had been reduced from 4,000 outages reported late Tuesday, said Molina.

About 210 beats a cloud-to-ground lightning were reported in Tarrant County between 8 and 9 pm, said National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Mosier, who said that he could not determine the exact location.

Some 120 more cases of lightning striking the ground were reported from 9 to 10 pm, Mosier said.

Mosier said he did not know if to strike the transformer directly or close to the ground, but if the lightning carries a large enough electrical charge, it can "blow" a transformer.

At 10:30 pm Tuesday, police blocked the East Street of the first on Beach Street to Oakland Boulevard.

Calls started coming around 9 pm in the White Lake Hills area along Interstate 30 east of Oakland and west of East Loop 820.

Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders said that whatever it was, it was a disaster.

"I saw the lightning, and it was not lightning," he said. "It may have been precipitated by lightning strikes." "It may have been triggered by lightning strikes."

Sanders said he was in his house, which supports up to Randol Mill Road, when he saw "flashes in the air."

"I saw fire in the sky and on the ground," he said. "I saw 10 or 12 explosions. I saw 10 or 12 explosions. It was like someone dropped a bomb. "

After his power went out, he got into his car to investigate and found that street and signal lights were not working.

There were two fires west of the Riverbend Estates, north of I-30 and west of Loop 820, he said.

Anselma Knabe, who lives near Randol Mill and Oakland, said she heard an explosion around 9 pm

When she looked outside, "sparks a soul in the world," said ona.Ya thought that the house is going to catch fire. Fortunately, we have a metal roof. "

The police scanner was noisy with the chatter, the officers called for help.

I need someone from Oncor is a transformer on fire, "one officer said.

Manager said they were swamped with similar challenges and said, "I'll add you to the list."

Fort Worth firefighters responded to several calls involving transformers and electrical problems on Tuesday night, Fort Worth Fire representative Tim said Hardman.

There were several calls about possible lightning strike to a transformer substation at 4800 Randol Mill Road just after 9 pm after repeated observations of flares and explosions, Hardman said.

There was also a report of a transformer fire at Five Star Custom storage products in the 3709 East 1st Street at about 10:04 pm, said Hardman.

It is not known at this time, if the transformer of an object store food because it does not suffer from power cuts, said Hardman.

city health inspectors were called to the scene as a precaution, said Hardman.

Eva-Marie Ayala

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