STEPHENS COUNTY,Okla_An afternoon fire Tuesday south of Marlow destroyed a vacant house and threatened four others.
It all started from aburning a pile of trash in the backyard of a neighboring home. That trash ignited the vacant house just off of Rose Rd.
The high winds quickly spread the fire, putting it within feet of a neighboring homes. Yvonne Ward, a Marlow volunteer firefighter and neighbor, rushed in to save one family's animals, fighting the fire off with a water hose.
"When I pulled up I saw that there were flames right next to my neighbor's house and the flames were coming up into her grass so I ran over to get her dogs and pig from her backyard," said Ward.
It was a happy return for the pig and two dogs Tuesday afternoon. The diligent teamwork of firefighters and neighbors saved some of the residents' most prized possessions, but the afternoon is something they'll never forget.
"It was very scary. The flames were just huge and the smoke was just everywhere," said Ward.
Fire crews from five area departments helped put it out. The fire burned about 45 acres.