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Lightning hit a tree about 6 tonight at Fairview Place and 39th Avenue South in Grand Forks, causing an underground natural gas line to ignite, starting a fire that burned for an hour or more. Submitted by Dean Harrington, a nearby resident.

Lightning hits GF gas main, sets area ablaze

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Lightning hit a tree shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Fairview Place and 39th Avenue South in Grand Forks, blowing a hole in an underground natural gas main and igniting a fire that burned for more than an hour on the berm between the street and a house.

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It happened a block and a half west of Belmont Road on 39th Avenue.

Crews from the Grand Forks Fire Department and Xcel Energy worked for an hour to contain the fire and finally put it out by shutting off the gas supply.

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