By Traci Chapman
Piedmont firefighters were busy last week as they responded to two house fires on two consecutive days.
Fire completely destroyed this house in the 7600 block of East Meadows Lane last week. Piedmont firefighters responded to a second fire the next morning on Daisy. (Photo/Bobby Williamson)
The first fire occurred early Dec. 3, when firefighters were called to the 7600 block of High Meadows Lane at 2:02 a.m., Piedmont Fire Chief Andy Logan said. When they arrived at the residence at 2:07 a.m., the second floor of the home was completely on fire.
Residents had escaped the burning structure, but two pets were still inside the home, the chief said. Firefighters were able to locate both pets; one survived the blaze. The intensity of the fire meant it was categorized as defensive, Logan said.
“It was the magnitude of the fire – the roof had already begun to collapse when we arrived,” he said.
It was unclear whether the home’s smoke detectors went off, the chief said.
“Luckily, according to the homeowner, he woke up and noticed a glow from outside,” Logan said. “The family said when they opened the door to exit the house, it was completely engulfed in smoke.”
Although investigators were certain the fire began on the second floor, the exact cause of the blaze was still under investigation, Logan said. What was known was its cause was not suspicious and it was classified as a total loss, with damage topping $300,000, he said.
Early the next morning, firefighters were called to the 5300 block of Daisy.
“At 5:35 a.m. on Dec. 4, we were called – a mother and four daughters were inside the home and woken by the odor of smoke,” Logan said. “They were able to get out and we were able to contain the fire to the living room and master bedroom.”
Despite firefighters’ efforts, total damage to the home was estimated at about $80,000, he said. That fire was still under investigation, and the department was awaiting a report from the Oklahoma Fire Marshal’s Office, the chief said.
While house fires are always difficult, when they occur near the holidays it is always worse, Logan said. He said he would remind residents to be vigilant, especially during cooler weather when fireplaces were in use and Christmas trees and other items were displayed.
“Check your smoke detectors and do al of the precautionary measures you can,” the chief said. “Sometimes you can everything right and it’s just something we can’t foresee or avoid.”
We have a family in need, they lost everything due to a house fire. Please pass this along and help if you can!
Efforts are being made to help the family who lost everything in the Dec. 3 fire. An account has been set up at F&M Bank under “Aber Family” for donations, and clothing and other household items are also needed. In addition to those items, one of the family’s sons lost his saddle, helmet and all his riding equipment, said Summer Riggins, Canadian County Extension Office 4-H coordinator. Donations can be dropped off at the extension office in El Reno or call 262-0155 for more information.