The Edmond Sun

May 14, 2014

Crews battle Edmond area structure fire

MARK SCHLACHTENHAUFEN
The Edmond Sun

GUTHRIE — Scott Cloos was one of a number of citizens who watched fire suppression operations Wednesday afternoon along Kelly Avenue just north of Waterloo.

At about 1:30 p.m., Cloos got a call and a request to check on the property of one of his technicians who lives a couple of houses away from the home. When he arrived, units were already battling the blaze. About an hour later, his thoughts were on those who lived in the home.

“They’ve lost everything they’ve got,” Cloos said as he stood watching the scene from the other side of Kelly Avenue. Firefighters from Edmond, Oak Cliff, Deer Creek and Woodcrest were at the scene. “They’re going to need food and shelter.”

Oak Cliff Fire Chief Ken Stoops said the agency got a call about the fire at about 1:59 p.m. Stoops said the American Red Cross was coming to give crews something to drink and check in with the

victims.

Stoops said when he arrived no one was home. As he walked around the structure, he could see flames coming up through the roof and smoke was down to the ground level floor; it appeared the fire had been burning for a while, he said.

Like Cloos, Stoops was thinking about the victims.

“I feel for them. I do,” he said as he stood beside the front bumper of a firefighting vehicle. “It’s a terrible thing to lose a house. It becomes ‘our’

structure.”

After making an interior attack, the roof started sagging, Stoops said. Concerns about firefighter safety led to the decision to switch to defensive mode, Stoops said.

No injuries to residents or firefighters had been reported, Stoops said. An investigation into the cause had not yet begun, he said.

At 3:53 p.m., winds were blowing out of the north at 10 mph, gusting to 18 mph at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport, according to the National Weather Service. Humidity was low,

at 19 percent.



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