Family, animals recover after barn blaze
OKLAHOMA CITY – Bob Moore Chopper 4 flew over the scene as flames roared through a barn on N. Coltrane until it devoured everything standing.
Clyde Bert ran to the water line trying to save his property.
“My wife ran in the house screaming and hollering saying, ‘The barn’s on fire,’ and I grabbed the hose,” Bert said.
But his water hose was no match for the blaze.
His son Scott could see smoke clouds five miles away.
“As I was driving down Sooner Rd. I noticed the smoke coming up and I knew it was bad,” Scott said.
Though firefighters worked tirelessly, it was too late for a thoroughbred inside named “Cutie Storm” who races at Remington Park.
Her presence is already missed.
“I see her every morning, feed her and I take care of her,” Scott said. “It hurts me that she’s gone.”
Bert planned to breed her in coming weeks.
The family also lost 40 chickens but 6-year-old “Tycoon Cowgirl” managed to dodge flaming walls and burning debris; with a scorched bottom and singed tail she survived.
Pilot John Welsh captured her running for over an hour during the commotion.
Her last race was Saturday and her vet said he believes after her recovery she’ll be back on the track.
Bert lost saddles, feed, equipment and 42 years worth of tools.
He even has to buy new shovels just to get everything cleaned up.
His son is grateful he wasn’t harmed.
Scott said, “My only concern was that my parents got out safely.”
Tycoon Cowgirl’s vet has her on pain medication.
Other than the minor burns on her rear, she didn’t suffer any long-term injuries.
No word yet on the damage totals.
Fire officials have not been able to determine a cause of the blaze.