Firefighters call Bennington house fires suspicious


BENNINGTON, OK -- A Bennington home is now a pile of rubble after it caught fire Monday evening and firefighters believe it may have been purposely set. As Kristen Shanahan tells us, this is the second suspicious fire that has happened in Bennington this week.

Dozens of people watched as a vacant home off N. Perry St. went up in flames and burned to the ground Monday evening. Mallory Hawkins took this video of the blaze.

"All I could smell was smoke and it was really hot when we started getting closer," Hawkins said.

The fire, just across the street from Bennington Schools, started around 5 o'clock. Some students at a nearby baseball game were scared when they saw the heavy black smoke.

"We thought it was on school grounds and we thought everybody would have to leave, but I'm just glad it was as far away as it was, Alyssa Matthews said.

Bennington Fire Chief James Owens says thankfully the school was not in danger, but says the fire does raise concern after another home on Ralls St. burned down Saturday.

"It's kind of concerning that we've had two back to back like this, I mean two days apart," Owens said.

Owens says the two fires are suspicious. He says both homes were vacant with no running water or electricity.

Firefighters from Bokchito, Boswell and Wade helped put out Monday's blaze and save a neighboring home from catching fire.

"I appreciate all the help from the volunteer fire departments and police departments," Owens said.

Anyone with any information about the cause of the two recent house fires is asked to call the Bennington Police Department.


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