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Lawton Home Total Loss After Fire

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Lawton Okla_ A fire tore through a Lawton family's two-story home Friday, and all they could do was sit and watch.

It all began when the family started a fire in their fireplace at their home near Northwest 60th Street and Williams Friday morning. The homeowners, an elderly couple both in their eighties, were inside when the husband noticed the flames and the home began to fill with smoke. Firefighters say they made it outside with only the clothes on their backs, just moments before the structure became fully engulfed in flames.

The couple is still pretty shaken. No one from the family was willing to go on camera, but one of their sons told me that his mom called him in a panic saying their home was on fire. She immediately hung up, and when he got to the scene he could not believe his eyes.

The smoke could be seen from blocks away. The flames tore through the family's home as they and their neighbors watched in disbelief.

"There was tons of smoke, and then it immediately went up in flames," Neighbor Vicki Walton said. "The family that lives there was running out."

Firefighters believe the fire had been burning for sometime in the attic. The family's next door neighbor had heard something earlier but didn't know what it was.

"I came outside earlier this morning and heard a beeping," Neighbor Domonick Martin said. "I didn't know what it was or where it was coming from, so I just went back inside."

It is now believed that could have been the family's alarm. Their alarm company called saying they detected smoke inside the home, but the homeowner believed it was from the fire he had just started inside the fireplace. It wasn't long before he and the neighbors noticed the smoke and flames, though.

"Later on, I could start to smell the smoke," Martin said. "Then when I came out of my house, I could not see anything because of all the smoke blowing my way."

When fire crews arrived, the structure was fully engulfed in flames. The blaze posed quite the challenge after road conditions and winter weather slowed their response time.

"The first line we caught was frozen, so it took a little bit longer to get water on the fire because of the frozen lines," Lawton Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Daryl Nobis said.

The firefighters battled the blaze for more than an hour in the freezing temperatures, working to salvage all that they could. Despite the extreme damage, neighbors say they are just thankful everyone is safe.

"We're thankful that they got out," Martin said. "They have a lot of memories in that house. They just celebrated 65 years of marriage, and it is just super sad."

Firefighters have ruled the home a total loss. Firefighters were able to salvage the essentials, along with some important family heirlooms and sports memorabilia. The American Red Cross is helping out the family.

 

 

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