Grass fire causes power outage in Inola

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Reported by: Preston Jones
Updated: 1/27 6:04 pm Published: 1/27 11:54 am

A grass fire in Inola knocked out power to thousands of people in Rogers County Monday morning.

The outage lasted for about six hours; officials said all it took was one downed power line to start the grassfire that left thousands of people in the dark.

“The main transmission line to feed Inola in this area came across a pretty good hill up here. When the wind (hit) them they collapsed, and it shorted, caught the grass on fire,” said Barney Grigg, an Inola Emergency Management Officer.

Inola officials said the fire started sometime after 10 Sunday night and stretched two and half miles wide on two big ranches.

Firefighters had the fire contained around midnight, but crews continued to watch the area for several hours to make sure another fire didn't start.

Officials said the fire was never a threat to anyone's home and only a barn saw a little bit of damage.

Fire departments from Tiawah-Chouteau and Oak Grove all came in to help.

FOX23 talked to one man who said he could see the fire from his doorstep and quickly got his family out.

“When we stepped out the door, the sky, the fire station is only about a block over from my house, it was that bright, it looked like it was right there, a block from the house,” said Randy Shelby.

PSO reported at the height of the outage 3,600 customers were without power. Power was restored later Monday morning.

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