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Fire along Interstate 44 in Oklahoma City burns at least three miles

Metro-area fire crews assisted Oklahoma City firefighters as they battled a fire in northeast Oklahoma County.
BY LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, Staff Writer Published: March 20, 2014
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Metro-area fire crews assisted Oklahoma City firefighters as more than three miles burned along Interstate 44 on Thursday.

Oklahoma City fire crews were called about 5:20 p.m. to 14700 Sharon Springs Drive near Interstate 44 in reference to a grass fire. When firefighters arrived, multiple fires along the highway cropped up, endangering some homes.

Fire departments assisted Oklahoma City firefighters, supplying them with more water and more firefighters throughout the evening in northeast Oklahoma County. Among the fire departments that assisted Oklahoma City were Nichols Hills, Bethany, Moore, Del City and Midwest City, according to scanner traffic.

American Red Cross volunteers provided drinks and snacks to fire crews while they battled the fires, said Ken Garcia, spokesman for the American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma.

A vacant trailer and small barns caught fire, but firefighters were able to save all the homes in the area, Oklahoma City fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said.

Woodard, who looked over the scene in a helicopter, said he believed about three miles burned along the highway.

“We just encourage people to be careful and to not throw cigarettes out their car windows while driving along the highway,” Woodard said.

The cause of the fires is being investigated.


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