LAWTON,Okla_Two houses and a shed caught fire Monday night in central Lawton. Fortunately, no one was hurt, but one woman was treated for a mild case of smoke inhalation.
It started around 6:00 p.m. near Northwest 12th and Dearborn. Firefighters are not yet sure how it all started but it quickly turned into a series of fires that ignited three buildings, as well as trees.
Firefighters had things under control within about half an hour. They were also able to rescue several pets. Both homes were occupied. One was undergoing some renovations but it's not clear yet if that had anything to do with the fire.
More than two dozen firefighters helped control the blaze, thanks to a newly-installed rookie class. Lawton Fire Major Eric Troutman was grateful for the extra hands on deck.
"This is one of the rare days where our new hires came on shift work at the end of last week so our shift has five extra firefighters that we didn't have a week ago and all but one was involved in assisting this fire, they were pretty handy," said Troutman.
Fourteen firefighters just joined the Lawton Fire Department one of the largest graduating classes in the fire department's history.