ENOS, Okla. -- Firefighters worked through a three-hour ordeal late Sunday night trying to save a vacation home a tiny Marshall County community. It happened on Osage and Pin Oak Road in Enos very near Lake Texoma.
Tim Vice, admittedly, is a bit of a stargazer, but when he noticed his neighbor's house on fire he quickly realized that Sunday would not be another peaceful night on the lake.
"I could just see little smoke curling in front of that light. I was really kind of admiring the night sky when I noticed it."
"It made for quite a surprising evening. I was hoping for a quieter evening," he said.
So were the homeowners, Noel Turner and his wife. Their weekend place in Enos and their $12,000, 24-foot party barge all went up in smoke.
The Turners live near Oklahoma City and got a call in the middle of the night telling them what had happened.
"It’s a little suspicious. No electricity on. Nothing down here to mess with."
Mr. Vice, across the road, says the blaze started shortly before midnight, Saturday. He was the person who dialed 911, and says the aluminum boat strangely seemed to be the source of the fire.
"It was on the deck of the boat when I first went around there, and it was probably just two, three feet around but it was getting high enough to get up into the ceiling of the shed it was under. From there, it went pretty fast," he said.
The Turners said they have been working on their weekend getaway for the past five years. Now they will have to rebuild.
"It’s kind of heartbreaking to know that we put all this sweat and tears and everything else into this place to have a place to go fishing and you know really enjoy it. Now you got to start all over again just like it was when we first got here," Noel said.
Despite the ashes, the Turners will have a few small things with which to start over. The birdbath, at least, is still standing, and as our crew was about to leave, Mr. Turner's son found something else inside the charred shell of a home.
It was a smoky, stained American flag, ready to fly proudly another day.
Nobody was hurt in the fire, and there was no one staying at the place when all of this happened. Authorities seem to agree with Mr. Turner and are suspicious of what caused the fire. The fire marshal is investigating.
Unfortunately, the home and its contents were not insured. Turner’s son said the rates just became too expensive.