Lawton house fire displaces father, son

Lawton house fire displaces father, son

LAWTON, Okla._A father and son were displaced Thursday after their home caught fire in west Lawton.

The fire happened around 9:00 a.m. at the corner of Southwest 62nd Street and Brookline Drive, just off Lee Boulevard. The call sent four fire crews and police rushing to the scene within five minutes. Firefighters quickly got the fire out, but not before major damage was done to the interior of the house.

No one was home at the time of the fire and the father says he was at work when he got the call from his son saying the house was on fire. The son says he was walking home when he saw the flames and called 911 from a neighbor's house.

When fire crews arrived, flames were shooting from a busted window. Assistant Fire Marshal Ray Brown says the entire home was affected.

"There is fire damage on the bedroom side of the house, including the hallway that connects all three of them. It's not going to be habitable at this time. PSO, I believe, has pulled the power for safety concerns," Brown explained.

Thomas Ruiz lives next door and woke up to all the commotion.

"At first we couldn't figure out what was going on because all the fire trucks were parked right in front of our house. Then when we looked across the street over here, all the fire and smoke was coming up that way like that because of the wind. Then all these other guys start showing up. Then all suited up," Ruiz described.

Investigators say what caused the fire is still under investigation.

"I can't rule anything out at this time. I'm still trying to determine the source of ignition. There was a chance of a break in, but I haven't confirmed or denied that," Brown said.

There was no damage to any other homes, and the fire marshal notes his fast-acting fire crews for that.

"While it looks like chaos from the outside. It's really an organized, choreographed dance," Brown said.