Metal Work Sparks Broken Arrow Grass Fire - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |


Metal Work Sparks Broken Arrow Grass Fire

Posted: Updated:
A fire quickly got out of hand when sparks from a metal grinder ignited dry grass in Broken Arrow. A fire quickly got out of hand when sparks from a metal grinder ignited dry grass in Broken Arrow.
The fire was not far from a big wild fire that destroyed a mobile home in Coweta Monday. The fire was not far from a big wild fire that destroyed a mobile home in Coweta Monday.
BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -

A Broken Arrow man learned just how quickly a fire can get out of control. He was doing some metal work and had even taken precautions, like making sure he had water nearby; but with high winds, it didn't matter.

The fire didn't threaten any homes, but it was a good example of how just one spark can start a fire.

The fire was small, but spreading fast, when firefighters arrived. The wind was pushing it across a yard into some woods at 193 East Avenue and 131st Street South.

Brandon McGee and two other men started fighting it with all they had; some sheets of plywood they would carry to the flames then let it fall and smother the fire.

It threatened a set of utility cabinets but water arrived just in time. Firefighters worked with shovels to rake over the flames or turn dirt on top of it.

McGee and his men were working on the foundation of a house, they started grinding some metal and that's when the fire started.

"And that was it man. I looked up and the whole trailer was almost, so we pulled the truck out of the way and that's all we could do," McGee said.

The fire only covered an acre, but it was down in a ravine and woods that was difficult for firefighters to reach with their hoses.

The Broken Arrow Fire Department had to bring in an engine to pump water to the brush rigs.

A careless mistake that started the fire turned into several hours of work to get it stopped. Traffic was backed up while firefighters blocked the road.

People around this area are no strangers to fires. Just over a mile a fire Monday destroyed structures and a man's home.

Firefighters quick response kept this fire from spreading. 

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!


See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with!

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.

TV Schedule

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

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Cold Case

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Crime Tracker

    Find out what crimes are committed in your area with Crime Tracker.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Oklahoma's Own 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.