New Details: Propane tank explosion that destroyed 12 homes Friday

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 2/02 6:06 pm Published: 2/01 10:43 pm

A massive fire destroyed 12 mobile homes in McIntosh County Friday night.

FOX23 was the only news crew on scene when the explosion occurred.

We returned to the scene Saturday to see how neighbors are cleaning up.

Smoke was still rising from homes at the mobile home park in Twin River Park Estates.

FOX23 spoke with residents in the area who said, “It looked like meteorites had fallen from the sky where a dozen trailer homes burned to the ground.”

Our FOX23 team found one propane tank 150 yards on the other side of a cove.

But in the middle of the charred debris this American Flag was barely touched.

FOX23 talked with Johnny and Marcie Rutledge, who own seven properties in the mobile home park.

Johnny Rutledge is a retired Broken Arrow firefighter who told us he helped fight the fire.

The Rutledges told FOX23 it was a nightmare Friday night at Twin River Estate.

We a destroyed, melted piece of metal that used boat and the same of what remains of a golf cart. Marcie Rutledge showed FOX23 what was left of her neighbors homes.

“I mean, it was scary -- the scariest thing I’ve ever been through and knowing my husband was down there in the middle,” said Marcie Rutledge.

This retired Broken Arrow firefighter said he wasn't letting pajamas and house shoes stop him from doing what he knows best, which is fighting fires.

“It’s been like seven years but it brought back a lot of memories,” Mr. Rutledge said.

He showed FOX23 where the fire started and explained his efforts to fight the fire.

He also explained that these are vacation homes and most owners don't take out insurance on them.

“It was flames, propane tanks busting and crackling noises and debris falling everywhere when the debris would fall it would start the leaves on fire and then another trailer would go up,” said Marcie Rutledge.

FOX23 learned from McIntosh Emergency Management Director Wesley Dawson that the state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

The Rutledges told FOX23 they hope their neighbors that lost their homes come back to the community and don’t move away.

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Unwashed Mass - 2/2/2014 10:41 AM
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"We a destroyed, melted piece of metal that used boat and the same of what remains of a golf cart." We no proofread?
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