Oklahoma City woman grieves loss of house in wildfire

Kimberli Thompson, 41, said she was looking forward to having her mother's 60th birthday party at her house next month. Now plans will have to change since a wildfire ripped through her Oklahoma City home Tuesday.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Published: September 1, 2011
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Kimberli Thompson returned to her home near NE 63 Wednesday and found it destroyed by Tuesday's raging wildfire.

Thompson, 41, said she moved into the house in 2009 with her sister and 3-year-old niece. She said they had recently finished remodeling and building onto the house.

As she walked around the property with an insurance agent Wednesday, she tried to recall some of her belongings in the house, such as books, boxes of pictures and paintings.

But all that remains is scorched electronics and piles of ash.

She said her uncle, James Thompson, tried to save her house after preventing the fire from spreading to two neighboring homes.

“My uncle didn't evacuate and tried to protect the houses,” she said.

He used water to put out some of the flames, but the wildfire proved to be too much for him, she said. Shortly after, the fire engulfed the house.

Looking at the debris and shaking her head in disbelief, Kimberli Thompson explained that her family had been planning to have her mother's 60th birthday party at the house next month, but their plans will now have to change.


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