Local fire departments responded to two fires caused by lightning early Tuesday morning.
Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards said that two related fires caused by the lightning storm broke out at 12:45 a.m. The storm traveled in from south of Hutchinson County late Monday night through early Tuesday morning.
The first fire was located on Milner Road and the Fritch Fire Department responded. Five acres were damaged in the fire and it was reported contained at 2 a.m.
The second fire caused by the same storm occurred on Sanford Yake Road.
The Borger Fire Department responded to a house fire on Boyd Tuesday afternoon.
The fire took place at 1218 Boyd, property that is owned by Mr. Howard Wright of Pampa. The call came in around 11:30 a.m.
Upon arriving on scene, firefighters found the fire had started in the garage area of the home. Hutchinson County Fire Marshal Danny Richards said that due to the garage being full of live ammunition, firefighters evacuated surrounding residents for safety precautions. There were no injuries and the fire was contained at 1:15 p.m. The cause of fire is still under investigation.
Employees at the Evonik Carbon Black Plant in Borger have achieved a significant milestone.
The employees at the plant have worked 1.8 million hours, or 4,015 days, without a lost time accident.
A lost time accident is defined as a work-related injury resulting in at least one day off the job.
According to Jack L. Clem, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Inorganic Materials (Business Line Carbon Black), a dedicated workforce, management commitment, and strong training are the reasons for an accident-free production site over the last three years.