Lightning strike blamed for fire and extended power outage in Fort Scott, Kan.

FORT SCOTT, Kan. — FSFD was dispatched to Evergy’s substation north of town Wednesday afternoon for a lightning strike that caused a fire.

Crews set up a safe area and worked with Evergy to reduce any further emergencies.

“Lightning knocked out half of the Substation. Evergy does not have a timeline yet of when they will have it fixed and power back in that area. This outage affected the northern portion of town.” — City of Fort Scott

Temperatures were still hot and with nearly 5,000 no power the fire dept opened Buck Run Community Center, 735 Scott Avenue as a cool-off station for the community.