Two houses, six mobile homes destroyed in Payne County grass fires
BY SUSAN HYLTON World Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
7/31/12 at 6:57 PM
STILLWATER — Two houses and six mobile homes in Payne County were destroyed in twin grass fire blazes Monday and damage assessments continued throughout Tuesday.
Stillwater Fire Marshal Trent Hawkins said that fire fighting crews spent Tuesday containing the perimeters of the burned areas and dousing hot spots.
“The last thing we want to do is let it get away from us,” Hawkins said. “We kept a very watchful eye.”
Officials surveyed the area by helicopter and estimated that about 1,000 acres were burned.
Five people were transported to Stillwater Medical Center, where they were treated and released for heat exhaustion.
Hawkins said that three of them were volunteers with Merrick, Sumner and Perkins fire departments. The others were a Payne County Sheriff’s deputy and a volunteer who was clipped by a vehicle at a road block.
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A man retrieves items from his home near the intersection of Frazier Court and Fairgrounds Road in the Stillwater area before evacuating from a grass fire Monday. JEREMY UPSHAW/Courtesy