A tank battery was destroyed Tuesday afternoon after it was struck by lightning and ignited at an oilfield site near Hallsville, according to Hallsville Fire Chief Craig Barton.

Barton said the lightning struck between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Tuesday off FM 968 east of FM 450. The ensuing fire burned 7 acres of hay meadows in the area.

The Hallsville Fire Department responded and requested mutual aid from the West Harrison Volunteer Fire Department.

A tank battery is a group connected to receive crude oil production from a well or a producing lease. In the tank battery, the oil volume is measured and tested before pumping the oil into the pipeline system.

The property was unoccupied, Barton said, adding that tank battery fires are “pretty common” in East Texas.

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