Family of three loses home to flames

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

BOKCHITO, OK -- A single mother and her two teenagers are without a home tonight. The house they were renting went up in flames today and they say the worst part is, this is not the first time.

When crews from Bokchito, Bennington and Philadelphia arrived at the home on Norman and Bracket streets the house was fully engulfed. Now a family of three is wondering how to start over, again.

Jody Manghum and her 18-year-old son Jonathon cannot believe they have not only lost their home, but two of their dogs Buttercup and Rue.

"Everything that was in that house was part of my life, and now it's all gone and the only thing to do is restart," Jonathon said.

"Just turning 50 and having to start all over completely. Pretty scary," Mangham said.

Ten firefighters battled the flames for two hours, but could not save the house. It is especially devastating to Jonathon who lost all his belongings when his grandmother's house burned to the ground a few years ago.

"We just got unpacked not too long ago, and for this to happen it really hits hard because that's years and years of stuff," Johnaton said.

They say even though their house is gone they feel lucky. Normally 15-year-old Shelby would have been at home, but instead she and her brother were driving back from Durant.

"That was the first thing Mark said, was the kids were okay. So that was okay. As long as my kids are okay, I'm okay," Mangham said.

"i'm glad everybody was okay. As long as we're together that's all that matters," Johnathon said.

Investigators say they are still trying to figure out what caused the fire.

If you would like to help out the Mangham family they have a fund set up at First United Bank.Tthe EZ Mart in Bokchito is also accepting cash and clothing donations.

To contact First United Bank call 580-295-3393.

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