Fire destroys Green Country family's home

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Reported by: Eddie Randle
Updated: 2/24 9:39 pm Published: 2/24 5:01 pm

CREEK COUNTY, Okla. - A fire in Creek County destroyed a home and left a family looking for a place to stay.

It happened early last week at a home on Grapevine Lane between Mounds and Beggs. The family told FOX23 the fire left them with basically nothing.

“My daughter called and said the house was burning down and my youngest son said the living room window caught on fire,” said Lynda Silver-Rice.

She told FOX23 she rushed home hoping to save as much as she could.

“My oldest son had to get his kids out, his wife out. My youngest daughter is terminal so he had to get her out,” said Silver-Rice.

Maryellen Poulin lives next door and said she tried to help the best way she could.

“I saw all the fire and the smoke just billowing out and I immediately called 911,” she said.

Three fire stations responded to the fire, but after the flames were out there was not much the family could save.

Silver-Rice told FOX23 she got some help from the Red Cross and now she’s looking at shelters, but she is having problems getting all the proper documents.

“The shelters require birth certificates for everybody; everybody wasn’t born in Oklahoma I can’t get the birth certificates, they burned down in my house,” she said.

She walked through what once was the place she called home looking for belongings but said all she could do was think about what's next.

“I don’t know where to go and I don’t know what to do. Everywhere that people are telling me where to go all I’m getting is a list for more places and people telling (me) no,” she said.

She said right now they are staying in a hotel, but that’s only until Wednesday. They’re not sure what they’ll do next.

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