HENRYETTA, Okla. — A Henryetta police officer's family is without a home on Thanksgiving after a destructive fire, officials say.
Okmulgee Police posted to their Facebook page that the officer's home and vehicles were destroyed in the fire.
Officer Theran Richards said the family kitchen was bustling with Thanksgiving excitement when the flames took over.
"The garages were on fire first and then I tried to get a water hose, but the water hose was already burnt up," Richards said.
His wife, five children and parents escaped with only the clothes on their back. Richards suffered burns to his head, arm and leg.
Some of the items lost are irreplaceable, including belongings of Richard's late mother and his son, who died three years ago while coming home from Rocklahoma.
Firefighters said the fire started in the garage, but they have not yet determined the cause.
Okmulgee and Henryetta police are collecting money and items to help the family recover.
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