Special items recovered from an east Tulsa house fire


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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 6/14/2013 8:37 am Published: 6/13/2013 4:13 pm


A family in east Tulsa is picking up the pieces after its home was ruined in a fire on Thursday afternoon. 

The Tulsa Fire Department was called to the home on 27th and Memorial around 4 p.m. Firefighters told FOX23 that the roof of the home was engulfed in flames upon arrival.

Stephanie Deweese told FOX23 she was cooking dinner on a charcoal grill at the home. She went inside and and when she returned to check in it, a fire had started.

"I don't know if it fell over or the wind blew it over or what, but I went outside and the whole back of my house was on fire,” said Deweese.

TFD said part of the roof collapsed because of the fire. All three people inside the home made it out unharmed.

Stephanie said while the family lost many of its belongings, some of the most precious items made it out unscathed.

Tulsa firefighters were able to recover musical instruments that belonged to Stephanie's husband, as well as the family's pet turtle.

Firefighters also recovered a pair of autographed shoes from Thunder basketball player Kevin Durant.

"All of our groomsmen wore those shoes on our wedding day, and when Kevin Durant found out, he sent us an autographed pair,” said Stephanie. "We were happy those made it out."

Firefighters were also able to find Stephanie's wedding rings.

"I know stuff is just stuff, but this is all tied to important memories and we are just glad to have them," said Stephanie.

The Tulsa American Red Cross provided aid at the scene. Stephanie said that friends and family have come forward to help the family with a place to stay until it gets back on its feet.



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