PIEDMONT, Okla. – Twenty two Oklahoma counties are under a burn ban in the state and Oklahoma City, Edmond and Midwest City have also issued burns bans to try to prevent future fires.
Despite the ban, fire crews battled multiple blazes overnight including one in Canadian county.
Fire crews in Piedmont were busy Monday morning as a blaze engulfed a home in the 3800 block of Terry Lane.
Residents watched in horror as their neighbor’s home was consumed by flames.
“Well at first it started you could see just the flames coming up and then it just engulfed the whole house,” Neighbor Bruce Lowder said.
It was too close for comfort for some.
“We have a fire across the street from my house so I’m just standing around hoping it won’t cross the street,” Lowder said.
Multiple crews from nearby cities rushed to help contain the blaze.
‘With the wind today, pushed the fire pretty quickly. We received assistance from Deer Creek, Cashion and Oklahoma City…” Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan said.
But despite their best effort, the home is a total loss.
“When the fire breaks through the roof and the wind is pushing it that much faster,” Logan said.
One thing that helped keep the flames from spreading to nearby homes is a fire hydrant, a rarity in rural areas.
“Today we did have a fire hydrant. It’s about a quarter-mile away but it’s kind of rarity,” Logan said.
Normally in these rural areas, we don’t have a water supply so we were able to utilize the water supply today.”
Officials said the homeowner reported a power surge Monday morning but so far the official cause is still under investigation.