LOGAN COUNTY, Okla. – A massive house fire in north Edmond shut down traffic and threatened firefighters as well as neighboring homes.
Bob Moore Chopper Four was over the scene Wednesday afternoon as flames devoured the home near Waterloo and Kelley.
It took several hours and several crews from multiple fire departments to get the fire under control.
A driver passing the burning home called 911.
“I believe there is a house on fire,” he told the dispatcher. “It’s a lot of smoke coming out of the attic vents.”
By the time fire crews got there, that smoke turned to flames shooting from the roof.
The couple who lived in the home and their three boys were not home, but the closest neighbor lives just feet away and watched the flames like a hawk.
“You could see the flames coming out, and it’s just been steadily going ever since,” neighbor Cheryl Lee said.
The wind was steady too, playing a very dangerous guessing game with those nearby.
“We weren’t sure with the wind the way it is if we needed to leave or should we turn the sprinklers on,” Lee said.
The family who lived in the home eventually showed up and watched from a distance as their home fell apart burning piece by piece.
“She’s emotional,” family friend Cassi Ursh said. “She’s scared. Not everybody knows. Not all the family knows.”
It is a rural area. So there is not a fire hydrant on every corner. The closest one was about a block away in a neighborhood across the street.
“There are some in the area they’re just too far to lay a line in,” Oak Cliff Fire Chief Ken Stoops said. “So we had to use tanker shuttle. We really didn’t lose water until later on so that wasn’t an issue.”
However, what was an issue was the roof that nearly caved in on firefighters.
“They discovered the roof was starting to sag, and then the decision was made by command to pull them out for firefighter’s safety,” Stoops said.
Neighbors say the family just recently put in a new furnace and think that may be something investigators will be looking into as far as what could have started the fire.