SEMINOLE, Okla. – Fire crews spent all Sunday working to put out a large building fire that destroyed two businesses.
“That's a lot of smoke," said one Seminole resident. "A lot of history is going down."
It was a long Sunday for the people of Seminole as they watched a staple of their community burn to the ground.
"We got the call about 3:56 this morning of heavy smoke coming from a structure located on Main Street. Upon arrival, we did see heavy smoke,” said Bryant Baker, the chief of the Seminole Fire Department.
It took fire crews many hours to get the fire under control.
"We've got a metal roof that was on top of the five structures. That's hampering our ability to get to the seed of the fire. We've also had some walls that have collapsed. So, now, we've had to create a collapse zone, which kind of inhibits our ability to get in and fight the fire,” Baker said.
For the safety of the fire fighters, they were forced to battle the flames from only the outside of the building.
"You're probably looking at buildings that are 80 to 100 years old, a lot of history there,” Baker said.
Part of the buildings was used for storage by a locally owned furniture store.
The downtown drug store was also destroyed, leaving the community heartbroken.
It was a place that harbored a lot of memories for long-time residents.
"It is sad, very sad for Seminole,” said Danne Dubter, a Seminole resident.
"It's devastating. That was a landmark place,” said resident Tim Beck.
"Life goes on, but you hate watching your heirlooms leave,” said Fred Crenshaw.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.