Home goes up in flames in Cache

Published: Mar. 2, 2015 at 12:22 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 9, 2015 at 2:07 PM CDT
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CACHE, Okla._A fire destroyed a house in Cache overnight, and dash cam video from the Cache Volunteer Fire Department captured just how dangerous the scene was.

The video shows two firefighters sprinting away from the home after something exploded inside. It was one of several during the incident. The fire broke out about 10:00 p.m. Sunday. Fortunately, no one was hurt. The owner was not home at the time, but the house, and everything in it, was destroyed.

"This time it went a little bit bad. They set up, started putting water in the window where a heavy fire was and then we had an explosion," said Cache Fire Chief Dale Winham.

This is just one of many explosions Chief Winham says his department had to handle Sunday night while fighting the 30-foot flames coming from the home.

"As soon as we got there we had ammunition popping off," said Chief Winham.

There were a number of combustible items inside and outside of the house, like the gas tank on a motorcycle that caused for an even more dangerous situation for Cache firefighters.

"We had a truck just right next to the structure it was fully engulfed. We had motorcycles next to the home and they were engulfed," said Chief Winham.

With all these dangers around, Chief Winham says he made sure his department stayed back while they fought the fire.

"We assign safety officers to each side of the structure and got very cautious of what we were doing," explained Chief Winham.

His firefighters' safety wasn't the only thing on his mind. With the help of the Cache Police Department, he made sure everyone in the area was also a safe distance from the house.

"Our biggest fear [was] we have an oxygen cylinder, an acetylene cylinder, a 100-pound cylinder comes rocketing out of that house. We've got a problem, we don't know where it's going to land," said Chief Winham.

Monday, crews had to monitor the fire for any rekindling. It's estimated more than $100,000 in damage was done, including a truck, two motorcycles and a go-kart that was lost in the fire. The owner won't be getting it back either.

Chief Winham says he had just canceled his insurance on the more than 100-year-old home, because he put a mobile home next door to live in.

"He's very upset today. We tried to get him Red Cross assistance and he didn't want Red Cross assistance. We'll do everything we can to help him get clothes and get him living again. All of his furniture and everything he hadn't moved into the new trailer," said Chief Winham.

Chief Winham says he plans on using the dash cam video from the fire to train his department on how to handle fire with explosions.