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Lightning hits gas line at Krattley Lane residence

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Lightning hits gas line at Krattley Lane residence
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Lighting struck a chain link fence next to an underground natural gas line at a town of Hudson residence Wednesday night, causing the gas line to rupture and send flames shooting into the air.

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The Hudson Fire Department was called to the Ronald and Kathy Hanke home at 373 Krattley Lane at 8:06 p.m.

Hudson Fire Chief Jim Frye said fire was coming from a hole in the ground next to the house, created when the line exploded.

Frye used a crescent wrench to shut off the gas to private line, which led to a swimming pool heater.

There was no damage to the house. Frye said Ronald Hanke used a garden hose to wet down the cedar shake side of the house, preventing it from catching fire.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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