Authorities early Sunday said lightning struck a gasoline tank at the Colonial Pipeline Tank Farm near I-40 shortly after midnight. No injuries or evacuations were reported.
The company said the 43,000-barrel tank was about half full when it ignited, and crews are working to pump the rest of the fuel out of it.
Officials were putting water on two nearby tanks as a precaution. Greensboro Assistant Fire Chief David Douglas told the News-Record newspaper of Greensboro that those tanks were nearly empty with only 3,000 barrels inside. Each barrel contains 42 gallons.