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Several Agencies Battle Home Fire in Tyrone

KSCB News - February 29, 2016 10:10 pm

A 911 call was placed in Tyrone Monday morning at 9:28AM. TCSO communications alerted Tyrone Fire Chief Anthony Adams of the call stating there was smoke in the area of Cottage Grove Street and Oklahoma Street in Tyrone. Chief Adams went en route to the area in a fire apparatus minutes later, upon arrival heavy smoke was showing from the top of the three story structure.

After confirming no one was in the structure, an "All Call" was placed to all neighboring fire agencies. Turpin Fire, Hooker Fire, Baker Fire, Adams Fire and Hooker EMS in Oklahoma were called to assist. Tyrone Fire usually requests mutual aid from Seward County Fire, but SwCo Fire was on scene with another call in Eastern Seward County. Liberal Fire Department responded at that time and Stevens County also responded.

In addition to Fire and EMS agencies, Texas County Road and Bridge offered assistance. As well as Hooker-TxCo Emergency Management, Tyrone PD and Texas County Sheriffs Office. TCEC and West Texas Gas were also on scene quickly to disable utilities and provide additional assistance, along with Tyrone Public Works personnel.

Due to the size of the structure in addition to high south winds, and also lower water supply, all agencies were needed to limit danger to the exposures north of the structure. Three homes to the north and multiple homes in each direction were in danger of catching fire during the blaze. The quick response from all agencies limited any additional damage to some minor interior of one home, and minor exterior damage to two more homes and one outbuilding.

In total 20 Fire Apparatus with 36 firefighters, one emergency management vehicle with an emergency manager, 8 Texas County Vehicles including three tankers with 11 county personnel. One unit from Tyrone PD and one TCSO Deputy and one ambulance from Hooker EMS.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries occurred. EMS kept care of firefighters during the initial attack.

Cause of the fire is unknown at this time, an investigator from the Oklahoma State Fire Marshals office will arrive Tuesday morning.

All agencies present worked together flawlessly to stop a bad scene from being an even worse scene. Many of these departments work together often while some of them were partially unfamiliar with the area yet stepped to the plate and got right to work, enabling the best possible repsonse. I’m thankful for our great neighbors and their willingness to come to our aid at any time!

 

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