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Hail causes Edmond hotel fire


EDMOND, Okla. — Something smaller than a golf ball sparked a major fire that destroyed an Edmond hotel.

Officials said a piece of hail hit a neon sign at the Stratford House Inn, which caused a small fire early Wednesday morning.  

An employee was able to put out the flames but it re-ignited.

When firefighters arrived at the hotel off Broadway and 33rd St., flames were shooting through the roof.

“Here in Edmond we see a lot of fires due to lightning,” Kelly Lewis said, Edmond Fire Department. “That’s a very common cause so everybody I talked to today says, ‘Oh was it another lightning strike?'”

The severe weather may have also played a role in a fire at the Red Rock Canyon Grill near Lake Hefner Wednesday morning.  

Firefighters can’t say for sure but lightning may have started the fire.