Oklahoma State Fire Marshal's Office investigates possible arson case in Gene Autry

GENE AUTRY, Okla. (KXII) - Oklahoma State Fire Marshal agents spent most of the day investigating a fire that caught two mobile homes on fire on Fernwood Rd.

Loretta Custer says she woke up from a nap Saturday evening to find the fire spreading to her back yard.

"I jumped up and ran outside, around the end of my trailer and saw the grass and everything on fire," Custer said. "I grabbed my water hose and tried to put it out but there was no water pressure the water wouldn't sprayed."

That's when Custer grabbed a pile of clothes, called 911 and left to warn her neighbors.

State Fire Marshal Agent Judah Sheppard says it took five fire departments to put out the fire he believes was started by someone at the vacant mobile home.

"We were able to confirm that there was no electrical power or any type of utilities going to the one that was destroyed on the ground," Sheppard said.

The property owner says she was remodeling the vacant mobile home but Sheppard says no tools were found inside.

"At this point we are suspecting that we had someone do an unlawful entry which resulted in them causing the fire," Sheppard said. "That fire in turn involved another mobile that was occupied."

"There was fireman everywhere and they did everything they could and I so appreciate everything they did," Custer said.

Custer says she lost most of her belongings in the fire including heirlooms and one of her kittens.

She's being helped by the Red Cross and is currently living in hotel.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help her and can be found here https://www.gofundme.com/ntn55x-lorettas-house-fire.

Officials ask that if you saw anything or know of any information to give the State Fire Marshal's Office a call.



 
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