Woman seriously injured in Lawton house fire

Published: Nov. 18, 2022 at 6:51 PM CST
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LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Thursday evening around 10:14 p.m. Lawton Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at 2205 NW Pollard, where a woman was trapped inside her home.

The neighbors across the street saw the fire and called 911.

“All we could hear after that, you know, is this woman inside screaming for help,” Clark said.

Police officers, who arrived on the scene first, tried to get the woman out but the flames were too intense.

“Went up there with the other two neighbors trying to get the door open. As soon as the flames would tense out, they’d all back up and go back in the yard,” Clark said.

Yourist’s partner was very emotional and declined to speak on camera, but he said she normally sleeps in the living room where the fire happened.

“She’s on bed rest, so she can’t get up and do a lot of moving around. Her husband takes care of her and he was actually gone to the store or wherever down the road, all of this just happened instantly,” Clark said.

“The first priority for us is always rescue and we’re going to assume that there’s a rescue profile every time we respond, so our crews are always gearing up for that,” Lawton Fire Chief Jared Williams said.

Lawton firefighters rescued Yourist from the home.

“That was hard to see, especially when they rolled her by and she’s got over 50% of her body burnt,” Clark said.

Lawton’s Fire Marshal said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

“If the home is occupied you have a lot more causes that could be in a fire than just when it is a vacant structure, with no utilities. So, we definitely take those into consideration as well,” Lawton Fire Marshall Heath Want said.