Durant house burns down in early morning fire

By: Steven Powell Email
By: Steven Powell Email

DURANT, OK -- Fire officials are investigating what caused a home to burn to the ground early Thursday morning.

The Wilson Street house was already fully involved when fire crews arrived around 3 a.m.

Neighbor David Coxsey said he's a lifelong friend of the owner, Jim Ewing. He was one of the first people on the scene.

"I heard the sirens and thought 'those are awful close,'" he said. "That's when I see the flames reaching 10 foot up in the air."

Coxsey said Ewing lived in the house with his girlfriend and their two dogs. But the girlfriend was the only one home at the time.

"And I talked to her for a few minutes because she was kinda in shock. But like I said, she had burnt her arm," he said. "But she was ok."

He said she burnt her arm when she went back inside to try to rescue the dogs - but they didn't make it.

"They're just like family. She wanted them out, but it was just impossible," Coxsey said.

Fire Chief Roger Joines said the house is a total loss.

"The crews were on here until at least 6 o'clock. They were here for a good three, three and a half hours," he said.

He says with the dry conditions - they had to fight grass fires around the house as well.

"It could have spread if the guys didn't see it early enough," Joines said.

Coxsey said the fire is a shock to the whole neighborhood, calling the house a "landmark."

"It's been here for years. Everybody comes by here. It's one of those rock houses, you don't see many of them left," he said.

Coxsey said the couple is staying with relatives. And he says he's helping out his friend anyway he can.

"I'm just glad, pray to the good lord, glad everybody got out safe," he said.

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