Grass fire in Broken Arrow caused by three children

Story Comments Share

Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 2/18 10:07 am Published: 2/17 10:37 pm

Monday night fire investigators say children started a quick moving fire in Broken Arrow.

We first brought you those breaking news details on FOX23 news at 6.

Investigators confirmed with FOX23 that three children were playing in a field near 71st and Aspen when the fire was started and flames got dangerously close to nearby homes and businesses.

FOX23 went to Broken Arrow and spoke with neighbors to find out the reason one parent is very angry.

Thankfully, this fire is out and no one was hurt, but before dusk on Monday we spoke with one man who says two of the kids tried to get his daughter to light the fire.

Steven Ott said it was around 1 or so Monday afternoon when he looked outside and was shocked to see smoke and flames coming from a nearby field.

"The whole field was engulfed in flames," said Ott.

His house sits directly across the street along with many others.

It took several crews from Broken Arrow and one crew from Tulsa to get this grass fire under control.

Although we've been dealing with numerous grass fires over the past few days, firefighters say this one seemed suspicious.

"There were some kids seen playing in the field," said Ott.

Fire investigators say preliminary reports show that three kids admitted to playing with fire in the field earlier that day.

Ott said his daughter was there at the time, and was asked to light it herself.

“One of them tried to get her to go ahead and start the fire and she said no and so the other two went ahead and started it," said Ott.

He also said he's furious at that fact that this fire could have really hurt homes and nearby businesses, not to mention people.

"It makes me very angry. It's a very dangerous thing to play with fire and you could always end up getting burned yourself and other people could get hurt," Ott said.

We asked the assistant fire chief if the children will face any type of discipline since they are so young.

He says at this time, it's not clear what the investigators will do.

Story Comments Share

3 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of KOKI FOX23 - Tulsa

Mayor Maynot - 2/18/2014 11:40 AM
0 Votes
Here at the history channel; I can't believe that they pay these people to be reporters. They might turn in one assignment a day. They don't have the fortitude to double check their (?work?) for typographical errors and they usually have trouble forming a proper sentence. Like above. Three children admitted the crime. I'd fire them in a heartbeat if it was my history channel.

gettingby - 2/18/2014 4:59 AM
0 Votes
It seems reasonable to charge the parents for the fire department's response but I didn't read that the children were sorry. They were very lucky not have been burned to death, fires move fast and dry grass burns hard.

Mayor Maynot - 2/17/2014 11:05 PM
0 Votes
HEY didn't you hear. Don't you remember CONTROLLED BURN to prevent disaster and to give the next season better growing.
FOX23 Weather Center
Feels Like: 69°
High: 82° | Low: 48°
Most Popular
Top Stories
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.