Fire destroys Creek County home

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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 5/23/2013 12:24 pm Published: 5/23/2013 11:26 am

Crews fighting a house fire in Sapulpa Thursday morning launched a search and rescue effort as the roof to the home threatened to collapse.

It happened at a home in the 16000 block of W. 71st Street.

Firefighters from Sand Springs and Sapulpa responded to the call that went out around 10:00 a.m. They say by the time they arrived the home was mostly involved in the fire, and the roof on the backside of was starting to collapse.

Scanner traffic reported smoke could be seen miles away over Highway 97.

“[The fire] got a good jump on us,” Sand Springs Fire Chief Mike Wood tells FOX23 News.

He says crews faced a number of difficulties including distance to a water source. The fact the two crews arrived around the same time helped alleviate concerns.

Crews say they began fighting the flames defensively from the outside. After about 10 minutes on the scene, Chief Wood says they began hearing a woman may have been trapped inside the home. So crews went in, even with the threat of a collapsing roof.

“Obviously with the condition of the structure when we arrived we probably wouldn’t have put guys in there as deep as we did until we found out there was possible somebody inside,” Wood said.”We went into a full search and rescue mode, and obviously we’re fighting fire at the same time, but we mainly wanted to make sure there was nobody in there.

After about 30 minutes of searching, crews did find that no one was inside the home, the fire took about 20 minutes to contain. They say no one was injured and likely no one was home when the fire sparked.

An investigation will be launched into the cause.

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