Skiatook fire crews kept busy with a devastating house fire and a large grass fire Saturday


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Reported by: Miranda Christian
Updated: 1/18 10:49 pm Published: 1/18 10:46 pm


A devastating house fire has left a family without a place to call home.

FOX23 spent Saturday afternoon in Skiatook as they fought multiple fires.

Skiatook firefighters say the location of the house fire made things especially challenging.

FOX23 uncovers why this house fire was more difficult to fight than others.

Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the fire.

When the Skiatook Fire Department arrived, flames had engulfed the house for several hours.

The wind caused more trouble.

It would pick up and cause the fire to spread quickly, making it a hard fight for firefighters because the house is surrounded by a dry, wooded area that catches fire faster than grass would.

Not only was the wind and the wooded area problematic, firefighters also had trouble reaching the house because it was built on a steep hill with no nearby fire hydrants.

This forced fire crews to use water tanks, which took longer to extinguish the fire than normal.


Several fire stations were called to help assist with the flames and the fire was under control after a few hours.

The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire.

A dog was in the home but was not injured.

In addition to the house fire, Skiatook Fire Department and Morgan's Corner Fire Department also fought a large grass fire west of State Highway 20 that shut down the highway for more than an hour and a half, due to poor visibility from the fire's smoke.

FOX23 was on our way to the grass fire when authorities shut down the highway.

Traffic was diverted and our FOX23 crew did get to the scene of the grass fire as crews were working to extinguish it.

This grass fire was challenging for Skiatook fire crews as well because of the high winds and rough terrain.

The fire, however, was put out in less than two hours.

Investigators are still determining exactly how many acres were burned.

The cause of the house fire and the grass fire are still under investigation. No injuries were reported in either.

We will keep you updated with any other fire outbreaks on FOX23.com.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/19/2014 11:46 AM
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Lucky dog. Probably a bad electrical heater.
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