Fire destroys Sapulpa woman's home


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Updated: 1/01 5:26 pm Published: 1/01 5:02 pm


A late-night fire destroyed a Sapulpa woman's home.

It happened Monday evening. FOX23 spoke with the woman's son-in-law, who showed us how close he came to losing what really matters.

The Sapulpa trailer, once known as home, now looks like a dumping ground.

Its owner, Gail, an 89-year-old woman, stretched $400 every month to build a life in a place that melted away.

"Flames was coming over the top of the trailer; higher than that wire," said Edward Girkin, Gail's son-in-law.

He saw the fire Monday evening as he drove by. His wife sprinted to the front door and demanded her mother get out.

"She come outta that bathroom with a bowl of water, run toward the refrigerator and throwing water on it," he said.

Her efforts failed. She stayed behind trying to save her cat's life.

"Out of everything, she was worried about her pet having something to eat," he said.

As smoke began to grab hold of the family members' lungs, firefighters arrived. They couldn't salvage the trailer, which was the only thing Gail owned.

"No insurance, no anything," he said. "Come together and show her that God loves her and we can fix this. Her life is not over," he said, asking for help.

Many memories went with the flames, but all was not lost, Girkin said it's a new testimony for the devout Christian who survived the fire.

Gail is staying with family. Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire.


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MoonSavor - 1/2/2014 7:51 AM
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This is very sad. The older lady had good intentions during the crisis and I could feel for her, because I would more than likely think like her when it came to MY kitties being saved. Hope everything turns out alright for her.

Mayor Maynot - 1/2/2014 1:57 AM
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Pets are very important to older adults. They listen and they don't talk back. I'm sure kitty was scared and disoriented. Nope I don't think I'd pick a cat up in a fire.
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