Drumright fire continues to burn
DRUMRIGHT, Okla. — A fire just west of Drumright in an area called Oak Grove continued to burn Sunday afternoon.
Firefighters doused hot spots on the ground while three black hawk helicopters joined the fight dropping water from the air.
George Roberts was busy outside of his home mowing overgrown grass, trying to make sure his home didn’t fall victim to the flare ups.
“He’s cutting down the grass in case any sparks or embers come back,” said his wife, Pam Roberts.
The Roberts chose to stay and protect their house on Saturday rather than evacuate.
“Once the first wave went through, it came back and then the winds changed to the south and came back this way and hit this one. So yeah it was all over,” said Pam.
Many homeowners in the Oak Grove area were grateful for the firefighters hard work.
“The firemen went out to the house and they saved our house, said they stayed out there till like 3:30 in the morning. So it’s still standing, we’re moved back into it right now. So without these guys …” said April Welty.
But not every home could be saved.
Jeremiah Hurst lost his childhood home.
“Kind of devastating to be honest. I grew up here. It’s home,” said Hurst.
Family members were able to save some things before the fire swept through.
“They got pictures and the valuables out so it’s just a it’s all material loss but it’s still a loss,” Hurst said.
The entire town of Drumright was evacuated Saturday, but everyone had been allowed back in by Sunday.
And at the fire station in downtown Drumright, donations of food, water and Gatorade were pouring in so fast, they could hardly keep up with them.
The fire chief says this is something they’ve never faced before.
“I’ve never seen anything like this. No one has. I mean we’ve had fires back in ’96 and 2006 that don’t even mount up to this,” said Wade Guyer.