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Anadarko nonprofit destroyed, fire deemed suspicious

ANADARKO, Okla._A fire in Anadarko Friday morning left a nonprofit organization picking up the pieces.

Emergency crews were called out to the Wind Hollow Thrift Shop in downtown Anadarko at 5:35 a.m. Despite the efforts of firefighters from Anadarko and Verden, the building and its contents have been deemed a total loss. They remained on the scene until about 5:00 p.m. to put out hot spots.

The city manager says the state fire marshal was called in to begin an investigation of the cause after local firefighters ruled it suspicious.

Wind Hollow has been assisting the community since 1997. It focuses on improving the life of Native Americans and tribal communities. This group being a target would stun most people, but those close to the foundation say this fire was no accident.

Founder and owner Theda McPheron-Keel was distraught when she realized her building was in flames. She says this fire hurts more than just her.

"We had volunteers who were standing here today crying because everything they worked for was putting into this community that was theirs is gone," said McPheron-Keel.

This isn't the first occurrence for her though. Just two months ago, an arsonist set fire to another location with ties to McPheron-Keel. She says now more than ever, she needs help from the community.

"We are going to have to clean all this up and do the demo. We don't have the money for it. We work on a shoestring budget. We're going to need help. Anyone who can help us we really need it," said McPheron-Keel.

McPheron-Keel says this blaze will not stop her. She plans on opening the thrift shop again soon, but she's looking for donations or any kind of help. You can learn more about how to make a donation here.

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