ANADARKO — Carolyn McBride stood near the back of her family’s business on Saturday and watched it burn.
McBride, editor of the Anadarko Daily News, said the newsprint at her family’s paper was the last thing to burn as crews worked to put out the fire that destroyed her business and a neighboring bar in downtown Anadarko.
"It’s like a death. People coming from everywhere, coming up and hugging us and standing with us. It’s nice to have friends like that,” McBride said. "It’s been in my husband’s family since 1937, and our daughters ... started working there when they were 15 or 16, so they grew up with it. So it’s just a very family-oriented newspaper with lots and lots of contacts that’s kind of the center to keep the news going.
"We just had calls and calls from people. Somebody called and told me that somebody put it out on the Internet that the lifeblood of Anadarko was dying. They’re very concerned about us getting right back in,” she said.
Fire crews responded to the fire about 5 a.m. to fight the flames, which destroyed the Tornado Alley Bar and the Anadarko Daily News office, according to a release sent by the Anadarko Police Department. McBride said it started in the bar and spread.
Paul Hinchey, Anadarko’s assistant fire chief, said the fire was mostly out by 8:30 a.m. A cause of the fire has not been determined, and the state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.