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Air Conditioning Unit is to Blame in Lawton House Fire

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LAWTON, Okla._Flames ripped through a Lawton home Saturday afternoon causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Firefighters were called to a home near 13th Street and northwest Andrews after a neighbor spotted flames shooting from the home around 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

When firefighters arrived the street was billowing with smoke, and the home was fully engulfed.

Neighbors were most concerned about people being inside after they saw two cars in the home's driveway. They said a family with young children lives there, and they weren't sure if anyone was inside. But once at the scene firefighters learned no one was inside, or had been in the home when the fire erupted.

It's a homeowner's worst nightmare. A flooded street, flashing emergency lights, and worst of all flames ravaging everything inside.

Lawton Firefighter Major Ray Collins said unfortunately for one Lawton resident it was no dream.

"The resident was not home at the time of the fire. She had been gone for approximately an hour," said Collins.

She arrived just after a neighbor called 911. Lawton Firefighters were right behind her, and did everything they could.

"Fire was coming out the front of the house. It extended out through the windows and to the front part of the house," said Collins.

It took firefighters nearly an hour to fully contain the blaze. And while the cause is still under investigation Collins said it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

"It appears that it may involve the air conditioning unit, specifically the wiring going through the air conditioning unit," said Collins.

That air conditioning unit was located in the front window of the home, exactly where the damage was centered.

"There was significant damage to the front part of the house, mainly the living room. It also got up into the attic, and the room adjacent to the living room," said Collins.

And while repairs from Saturday afternoon's fire are estimated to cost thousands of dollars, firefighters said the damage could have been much worse.

"I think that it can be rehabilitated," said Collins.

The homeowner did not want to go to on-camera, but she did tell me she was shocked when she came home to see flames and smoke. Sadly she said this is the second home she's lived in that's caught fire.

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