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Lightning may be to blame for North Bay fire

Union Gas officials think that a fire at one of its pumping stations in North Bay early this morning might have been caused by lightning.

Union Gas officials think that a fire at one of its pumping stations in North Bay early this morning might have been caused by lightning.

 Andrea Stass, a spokesperson with Union Gas, said the lighting theory is preliminary as the investigation is ongoing.

That fire shut down a two-kilometre stretch of Highway 17 in North Bay this morning — a section that has since been re-opened to both lanes of traffic.

Stass said the pumping station is functional today but the structure will require some repairs. She added no customers of Union Gas were affected.

OPP said the fire broke out at about 4:30 a.m. No injuries were reported.

The highway closure — between Main Street West and Gormanville Road, in front of the North Bay Regional Health Center — was put in place for public safety while the fire in high-pressure gas lines was put out.

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