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April 27, 2012

Fire destroys home Friday

Red Cross is assisting two who lived in house

Two people lost their home to fire early Friday morning.

About 12:10 a.m., a Muskogee police officer was en route to a call when he saw flames and smelled smoke at 803 S. Second St.

The names of the two people in the home were unavailable.

The officer called dispatch and reported the fire and the possibility there were people inside, according to dispatch records.

When firefighters arrived minutes later, both people were out of the home, said acting Assistant Fire Chief Art Smith.

The fire department responded with three trucks and a rescue unit, Smith said.

However, the home was already fully engulfed, breaking through the roof line, he said.

The cause of the fire is unknown, said Fire Marshal Toby Webb.

“However, the report does not indicate there was anything suspicious about the fire,” he said.

Additionally, a power line was down on the property, which seriously hampered firefighters’ efforts, Smith said, until OG&E arrived to shut down power to the lines.

The fire was a difficult one for firefighters because the house was engulfed, the yard was filled with shrubbery and windows were boarded over, he said.

“We were pretty busy for about 45 minutes, but my guys did a very, very good job,” Smith said.

No injuries were sustained.

Friday afternoon a woman who was parked outside the house said she drove by to take a look because she was visiting with her uncle, who lives in the home, the night before.

“We were there probably an hour, hour and a half before it caught fire I guess,” said the woman, who did not give her name.

The large home was a shambles and did not appear to have anything salvageable left other than a pickup parked close by the building that some debris had fallen on.

The Muskogee Chapter of the American Red Cross heard from the two people who lived in the home Friday morning, said Director Ryan Hardaway.

The Red Cross is giving assistance, he said.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.

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