Lightning strike blamed for fire and extended power outage in Fort Scott, Kan.

The Buck Run Community Center opened as a cooling station and cots set up for overnight stays.
Fort Scott north substation fire on August 3, 2022, caused by lightning strike say officials. 1,500 remain without power overnight.

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — FSFD was dispatched to Evergy’s substation north of town Wednesday afternoon for a lightning strike that caused a fire.

Crews set up a safe area and worked with Evergy to reduce any further emergencies.

Lightning knocked out half of the Substation. Evergy does not have a timeline yet of when they will have it fixed and power back in that area. This outage affected the northern portion of town.” — City of Fort Scott

Temperatures were still hot and with nearly 5,000 no power the fire dept opened Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Avenue as a cool-off station for the community.

The hours were extended overnight, noting that cots were available at the center.

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About 11 p.m. the electric fire was neutralized. Authorities still request motorists and pedestrians stay clear of the area.

The city states, “It is unknown to Evergy what the timeline will be for restoring power.”

As of 1 a.m. about 1,500 still remain without power in the Fort Scott area.

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