Friday, July 14, 2017

Sallisaw Family Loses Home and Pets in Fire

A family from Sequoyah Little Farms north of Sallisaw lost their home, their pets and most of their belongings in a fire Friday morning.

Mike and Dawn Little were both at work when the fire broke out shortly before 9 a.m. Friday. Mike is a paramedic who works out of Stilwell and Dawn is a paramedic who was at work in Muldrow. The Little's 16-year-old daughter and a friend were home when the fire erupted and were able to escape by pushing an air conditioner out of a window and crawling out. Sadly, the family lost their four dogs to the fire, reported Brushy Fire Chief Bobbie Caughman. Neighbors tried to free the dogs but were unsuccessful.

Caughman said the home is essentially a total loss. Caughman said the fire started in the living room, and was at first contained there because the room was surrounded by concrete blocks. But the fire then spread to the attic and to the rest of the home.

“We got it knocked down pretty quick,” Caughman said, “but the home sustained major smoke and water damage.”

Caughman said the Red Cross was contacted and is helping the family. He said Mike and Dawn Little were able to save some belongings.

Caughman said the Brushy Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by the fire departments from Sallisaw and Marble City, and they were on scene for about an hour and a half. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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