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Camper Fire Leads To Evacuation Of Homes

KSCB News - May 29, 2012 4:05 pm

Saturday afternoon, Guymon Firefighters were faced with a camper fire which quickly began to spread to other structures and vehicles nearby due to the extreme wind conditions.

Guymon Firefighters were called at 3:45pm to the alley behind 205 N. East Street where they found a 1978 Camper fully involved in flames. �??The flames were immediately being driven by the 30-40mph winds�?�, said Assistant Fire Chief Grant Wadley. Within just minutes, the fire spread from the camper to a back yard shed fully engulfing everything inside the shed. The heat and flames then spread to a parked van setting next to the shed destroying it. �??The flames didn�??t stop there�?�, said Wadley, �??the fire then made contact with a wooden fence in the alley along with trash and debris behind fences�?�. The fire was stopped by Firefighters as it began to burn the outside of a second storage garage 2 houses down from where the fire originated at.

Along with the strong and fierce winds, Firefighters were faced with arcing power lines directly over the camper and shed area causing them to attack the fire from other directions that normally wouldn�??t have to be done. Smoke could be seen from many blocks away during this incident. At one point, Firefighters and Police on the scene began to evacuate for safety measures 3 homes in the 600 block of S.E. 3rd in the event the wind spread the fire faster than could be controlled. �??No lives were in immediate danger and our goal was not to allow that to happen�?�, Wadley said.

2 Fire engines and 1 Brush unit were able to control and extinguish the fire with no damage to any homes. Cause of the fire is still under investigation with estimated fire damage and loss is at $10,000 between all three properties involved. No injuries were reported.

 

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