WOODWARD — Curtis B. Haines lived alone on the west side of the city in a house he moved into a few years ago.
And that's where he died when the snow-laden roof of the house collapsed about 5 p.m. Monday.
An oil-field worker who loved to fish, Haines, 71, was in a back room that had been added to the house at 3614 22nd St., authorities said.
Fire Chief Steve Day said roofs in Woodward were covered in 12 to 15 inches of snow at the time.
Firefighters pulled Haines from under the collapsed roof. He was dead at the scene.
Day said he had never before seen a fatality caused by snow collapsing a structure in his 37 years as a firefighter.
“Any situation like this with a loss of life is a tragedy to his family and our community. Since this happened during the storm, it shows what effect the severe weather can have,” Day said.
Northwest Oklahoma was hit hard by the blizzard, and the advance warnings from meteorologists were important, Day said. Winter storm warnings Sunday helped people prepare, he said.
“Any time the weather warnings are sent out, the public needs to listen to protect themselves and their families,” Day said.
Firefighters also had time to prepare, he said.
An obituary for Haines states that he had lived in Woodward since 1972. He established an oil-field equipment rental business in the 1980s and was known for fishing during the afternoons at Fort Supply Lake or Lake Vincent.
Haines grew up in Straight and graduated from Guymon High School in 1960. He was stationed in Germany in the military service for two years and attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell.
His wife, Sharon, died in 2010. He is survived by a son, B.J. Haines, of Berlin, Germany.
His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Billings Funeral Home Chapel of Woodward.