Fire damages Bryan Co. family's home

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

BRYAN COUNTY, OK-- A fire heavily damaged a west Bryan County house, destroying many of a family's possessions, but not their memories.

The Rodgers family built their home more than 60 years ago. Jolene Self grew up in the yellow house outside of Durant. She remembers her dad building their home when she was a child.

"It was just an amazing house, because our dad had the hands to build it."

Now it doesn't look like the house she remembers. A fire heavily damaged the house, destroying many of their possessions, but not their memories.

Self said she's just thankful that her family is safe.

"I turned around and looked at the stairs and see how much smoke was coming down, and I was like, this ain't going to get it. So I ran back to the bedroom and grabbed my cell phone and then I hollered at him and he was hollering, call 911," said, Mary Rodgers, who lives in the yellow home.

Clean up is beginning to happen. Chief Joines, of the Durant Fire Department, said that they got the call right around 11:00 Tuesday morning. When they got here, smoke filled the second story of the house.

"We had a structure on fire that was on Highway 70 East. We called in some resources from out of town, some volunteer fire departments and supplied us with water."

Philadelphia and Calera Volunteer Fire Departments helped the Durant Fire Department.

Joines said the official cause of the fire is still unknown, but the Rodgers family believes it was electrical.

The family says they plan to stay with relatives, but they will rebuild on the same lot they've owned for half a century.

"I'm just happy that they're safe, but sad because we've lost the home," Self said.

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