A Year After Fires, Luther Residents Still Look For Answers - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

NEWS

A Year After Devastating Wildfires, Luther Residents Still Look For Answers

Posted: Updated:
Wildfires devastated much of Luther on August 3, 2012. Wildfires devastated much of Luther on August 3, 2012.
LUTHER, Oklahoma -

Wildfires devastated much of Luther on August 3, 2012. Homeowners were forced out their neighborhoods, leaving their belongings to be burned to the ground.  Now, almost a year later few have rebuilt.

"There was nothing left of it. I was devastated," said Nancy Peters.

Peters cannot  forget the wildfire that destroyed her home. She's surrounded by constant reminders.

"When I smell smoke, I get scared. It's that terrifying," Peters said.

Peters' new home is nestled in the same spot, between the charred trees and empty lots devastated by the Luther wildfires. She is the only one who rebuilt on her street, but says she is emotionally bound to the land.

"My husband is buried in the cemetery here. I couldn't leave him," she said.

Some of her neighbors didn't have the option to stay. They were either renting  homes or had no insurance to recover the cost of the damage.

"I would love to see someone rebuild," said Luther Fire Chief, Jason Miller. 

Miller says the empty lot where houses once stood remind the community of the suffering caused by an arsonist. Investigators say a man threw burning paper into a field that eventually burned thru 2,600 acres and 56 structures. Miller said more than a dozen were homes.

"It was very disheartening because we know the people who once lived here," Miller said.

Like Peters, this town is waiting for justice.

"It makes me angry because that person doesn't realize all that people have lost. I want him to pay for what he'd done," said Peters.

To date, no one has been arrested or charged with the arson. The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office previously released their investigation pointed to two suspects, but they had turned the investigation over to the Attorney General's office for a grand jury investigation.

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Classifieds

Use our free classifieds to find the things you need or sell your items.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

ESP Interactive
Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.