Firefighters challenged at Berryhill house fire


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Updated: 4/01/2013 10:17 am Published: 3/31/2013 10:22 pm


A house fire in Berryhill created some challenges for local firefighters.

Four sheds caught fire in the back of the Silkey’s home along West 21st Street and South 57th West Avenue.

Those sheds had piles of petroleum based and combustible material from Sam Silkey’s roofing company. 

“There were shingles, asphalt, tar layers for commercial roofing, a couple engines, a couple cars  and boxes of Avon make-up and jewelry that my wife had kept for her business of 20 years,” said Sam Silkey. 

“When the fire started around 1:00 it looked like an oil fire because of the petroleum materials,” said Berryhill Fire Chief Michael Hall.

After a couple hours of Tulsa and Berryhill fire not being unable to get all the flames out they called Holly Refinery Fire to bring 100 gallons of foam to shoot on it.

“Holly is specialized with these combustible materials,” said Hall.

During the battle to knock out the flames a Tulsa firefighter hurt his ankle and was transported by EMSA to a nearby hospital.  He is in good condition.   

“He’s a little embarrassed I think, but he will be ok,” said Hall. 

The Silkey family was not home when the fire started but their two small dogs were inside.

The dogs were safe because fire crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the house and the neighbors’ homes too. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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