Firefighter fights Thackerville grass fire hours after losing own home

Published: Jan. 23, 2018 at 6:38 PM CST
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Several fire departments were called out Monday afternoon to a grass fire that burned nearly 1,000 acres of land in Thackerville.

A firefighter we spoke with had just lost his home earlier that day in a separate fire.

"I've been on a lot of house fires and when it's your home, it's just different," Shane Kirk said.

"You don't think you have anything, until you lose everything," his wife Marcie Kirk said.

Shane Kirk is a Greenville volunteer firefighter and his wife Marcie Kirk is a dispatcher for Love County.

On Monday afternoon, Marcie Kirk found out first hand the devastating effect of a house fire.

"I was asleep, woke up and thought I smelled plastic burning and Iwalked the house and didn't see anything - I flipped the light on then and that's when I could see the house was kind of smoky," Marcie said.

The house was ruled as a total loss and the cause is undetermined.

Shane Kirk says it was just a couple hours later when he was called in to assist in the grass fire in Thackerville.

"You know they're down there and like I said that's my second family so I am there with them," Shane said.

The grass fire caused part of 1-35 at mile marker 5 to be shut down for about an hour.

About 20 departments were paged out to fight the flames that took hours to extinguish.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers said they believe it started from a vehicle on the interstate.

Love county Emergency management tells us six sheds and four houses were destroyed -- one being the home of Audie Jackson.

Jackson says a firefighter told him he had to leave his home.

"That's when we got our dogs and put them on a truck and whatever I could grab." Jackson said. "By then the roof was already on fire."

The Thackerville Church is giving away clothes to those families affected by the grass fire.

They are also accepting donations like clothes and shoes.

A Fill the Boot event will take place Saturday at the First National Bank in Marietta at noon to raise money for the Kirk family.