Daylight Reveals Fire Devastation

12-28-05 - As area fires are mostly under control, homeowners are returning to find little left of their houses. High winds and dry conditions fueled fires across Texoma Tuesday, damaging or destroying dozens of homes and taking one life.

In Bryan County, fires destroyed 10 houses, 3 mobile homes and several other structures. Firefighters worked through the night battling flames that charred 5 to 6 thousand acres.

It was a similar story in eastern Cooke county near the Grayson county line. 30 structures around Callisburg were damaged or destroyed - some of them were homes. One woman collapsed and died as the flames approached her home. 63-year-old Elena Morrison was trying to water down her lawn when she collapsed. Authorities aren't sure what happened next, but she died from burns.

To the east in Choctaw county, five houses were destroyed, along with several barns and sheds. In several cases, livestock were killed as the flames and smoke became too much.

One house was destroyed in a Carter county fire that was sparked by a tractor hitting a power pole.

In Garvin county, more than 2000 acres were burned and one house was lost in Wynnewood.