Fire destroys a home in Skiatook


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 1/18 5:23 pm Published: 1/18 5:21 pm


A fire destroyed a home in Skiatook.

FOX23 was on scene with fire crews at they investigated to find a cause. This fire is giving firefighters an extra challenge.

The fire marshal told FOX23 they know the fire started outside of the house but at this point they are still investigating the exact cause.

He did say that the windy weather created an issue.

An orange flame flickers; smoke hovers in the air, but doesn't hide what was lost: melted metal of a car, animal's pins charred and a double-wide trailer destroyed.

The man who lived here used his cellphone to call the Skiatook Fire Department around 3 a.m. on Friday.

Skiatook Fire Marshal Robert Nail was on the scene. He told us once he stepped outside he knew what they would be up against ad the wind fueled the fight.

"Well to start with, the overnight hours the wind gust was about 15 miles to 20 miles per hour, said Nail.

One of the reasons firefighters said they had to go on the defensive was because of the location; everywhere you look there are fields and dry brush that could go up in flames in an instant.

"Green Country is a little bit brown, with the wind the way that it was we probably would have been chasing the fire down to the city limits of Tulsa," Nail said.

Because of the weather and terrain, Nail says everyone needs to be extremely cautious around a flame, "although we have had a little bit of rain and a little bit of snow this winter the grass is dormant and they are extremely dry. The more the wind blows the drier they get," Nail said.

The Red Cross is helping out the man who was displaced.


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