Update on Service Interruption for Dish Subscribers — Click here
Follow storms on KFOR live interactive radar

Hail causes Edmond hotel fire

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.


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.