Friday, February 20, 2015

Resident in Hospital when Fire Destroys Home

The resident of a mobile home on South Farm Road in Sallisaw had been transported to Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa Thursday evening for an undisclosed medical problem, and was not at home when his mobile home was destroyed by fire Friday morning. Sallisaw Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong said the fire department received the call at 5:55 a.m. Friday. "The mobile home was fully engulfed by the time we arrived," Armstrong said Friday morning. Firefighters had the fire out in about 20 minutes, Armstrong said, and were on the scene for another hour after they were told the resident may have been  home. "We peeled back the metal and searched for an hour before we were told he wasn't at home," Armstrong said. They did find a cat who had died in the fire. Armstrong said the state fire marshal was on the scene investigating the cause of the fire. "Right now we are leaning toward electrical," Armstrong said. "There were a lot of extension cords and space heaters. But at the present time the cause of the fire is undetermined." Armstong said winter weather makes fighting such fires difficult. "It was extremely cold and windy," he said.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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