Little Axe receives huge outpouring of donations following fire that ruined football equipment

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LITTLE AXE, Okla. - An electrical fire to the Little Axe High School field house is a huge blow to the entire community.

"We are the hub of our community and it's because of our extracurriculars," Little Axe High School Principal Barry Thomas said.  "We don't have a town out here, we are the town."

Smoke and flames ruined all of the football equipment, school officials say.

"High school football equipment, fifth day of school. We have a scrimmage Thursday night,” Little Axe Superintendent Jay Thomas said.

Brandon Parker, a high school senior, said he has a job to pay for his gear.

"$400 to $500 just my own equipment, but like everything in my locker is almost $2,000,” Parker said.

Since the fire, the community has stepped up in a big way.

The superintendent received surprise calls less than 10 hours after the fire department extinguished the blaze.

"I got here about 6 o'clock, started getting texts," Thomas said "Football coach showed up and he starts getting texts and phone calls and all of a sudden we went from planning to cancel our scrimmage to we can make it work, so that's a pretty big deal."

High schools from all over the state are donating equipment.

Noble is donating shoulder pads and one of their biggest rivals, Lexington, is loaning out shoulder gear as well.

It’s a team they'll play during their home opener Sept. 1.

"We thought we might have to forfeit the beginning of our season due to the burning of the field house."

Now, the community has hope.

"We really love it and we really love each other. Everybody likes to go and compete so it means a lot that people would help us out like this,” Mikeen Fool, a high school football player at Little Axe said.

Little Axe is hoping insurance will pay for the repairs to the field house and help pay for the equipment as well.

The estimated cost of damages to equipment is around $50,000.

If you would like to donate, the FNB Community Bank is accepting donations to the "Little Axe Public Schools Fieldhouse Fire Recovery."

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