Power lines blamed for blaze that destroys northwest OKC home

OKLAHOMA CITY – A chain reaction fire destroys a home in northwest Oklahoma City.

It happened at a home near Francis Tuttle, in a neighborhood at N.W. 129th St. and Rockwell Ave.

Fire crews say high winds caused the overhead power lines to spark.

That ignited the grass in the home’s backyard before igniting a small cedar tree near the house.

Steve Lumry, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said, “The fire moved extremely quickly across the yard and all it needed is a way to get into the house and in this case, that was the cedar tree.”

Those who live nearby are saddened by their neighbors’ bad luck.

Priscialla Westbrook said, “That’s just life. I don’t think it could be avoided.”

After the fire was out, the homeowner’s sister said the family is trying to stay positive, even though the home is a total loss.

Gina Hendryx, the victim’s sister, said, “We haven’t had a fire before but it happens to a lot of people. They face adversity. You pick up, clean up and just be happy the family is okay and move on.”

The family did manage to save a small jewelry case, a vase and a few picture frames but they know it could have been much worse.

Hendryx said, “We’re just thankful it didn’t do more damage to our neighbors’ homes and there wasn’t anyone here.”

There was no one home at the time.

Fortunately, there are no injuries to report.