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Thousands lose electricity in North Texas storms, lightning blamed for oil well site fire


DALLAS — Thousands of homes and businesses have lost power as storms soaked parts of North Texas and led to an apparent lightning strike that set an oil well site on fire.

No injuries were reported Monday in the fire in the Longview area, about 120 miles southeast of Dallas. More than 30 nearby homes and businesses were briefly evacuated, as a precaution.

Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary says the well site fire, which was under control about two hours after starting, apparently was sparked by lightning.

Dallas-based utility Oncor (ON'-kor) reports about 19,000 customers without electricity Monday, mainly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Scattered street flooding and downed power lines delayed some commuters.

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for Fort Worth and neighboring areas through early Monday night.

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