Union 8th Grade Center catches fire after lightning hits school during overnight storm in Tulsa

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Lightning struck Union's 8th Grade Center early Wednesday morning starting a blaze that left damage to the school building.

Superintendent Dr. Kirt Hartzler said the fire began shortly after midnight and that after a walk through the school seemed to be sound, but the extent of the damage wouldn't be known until later.

PHOTO GALLERY of damage around northeast Oklahoma (http://bit.ly/july24storm)

Crews from both Tulsa and Broken Arrow worked to put the blaze out.

Union officials expect the restoration to be completed in time before the first day of classes August 19.

Severe weather overnight left damage and many Oklahomans across the state without power.

DAMAGE REPORTS and timeline of the night's events (http://bit.ly/17Cyyea)

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