Strong winds fanned a grass fire that started behind a business Friday and threatened several structures including a large liquid fuel storage tank, witnesses said.
Brian Lutz said he was at the scene at about 1 p.m. when the fire started behind a cabinet-making business located a quarter mile east of the Simmons Road and Midwest Boulevard intersection on the south side of Simmons.
Lutz, son of the owner of Armadi Cabinet Shop, said two teenage workers were outside when they spotted a flame and stomped it out with their feet. Minutes later, the fire was burning out of control threatening the 10,000-square-foot shop, the office in a mobile home standing nearby and the large storage tank.
Until 6 p.m., the area was included in a Red Flag Warning issued by the National Weather Service due to extreme fire danger. At 2:53 p.m., southwest winds of 17 mph were gusting to 29 mph at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport. Humidity was low, at 15 percent.
Flames charred grass around the business and office and grass near a neighbor’s home. Across Simmons, to the north, was the Forest Fox addition, where residents were keeping an eye on the situation.
Crews from Oak Cliff, Edmond and Woodcrest responded to the fire.
“They did a really good job of keeping it under control,” Lute said.
Oak Cliff Fire Chief Ken Stoops said a travel trailer and a car located behind a home next to the business were damaged in the fire, which officials believe was started by burning in a barrel.
No firefighters or residents were injured, Stoops said.
The weekend forecast for the area calls for winds of 6-13 mph on Saturday and northeast winds of 14-18 gusting up to 25 mph on Sunday. Monday night and Tuesday there will be a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
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