Firefighters called for assistance tonight after a barn caught fire in Owasso. Because of the rural location, there weren’t any fire hydrants close by. Officers say the barn is a total loss and the owners say they are just grateful that no one was hurt in this fire.
Firefighters were called out around 5:00 p.m. this evening after a neighbor driving by saw the flames and called 911. Owasso Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Walker says it took over a half an hour to get the fire under control. Walker says what made fighting this fire a bit challenging was that the closest fire hydrant is about half a mile away.
“We had to use our big water tankers so that we wouldn’t run out of water since hydrants out here just really ain’t an option,” said Walker
The owners, Ruth and Ken Peacock say they were inside their home when the fire happened. The Peacocks say they lost a lot of valuables in the fire. They also say they built that barn from the ground up years ago, and it was tough to watch it go up in flames.
”I’m glad it wasn’t the house. You know but it was really sad. He’s put a lot of time into that barn. It had a lot of old stuff in there,” said Ruth Peacock
Crews say they believe lightning may have started the fire, but the cause of the fire is still under investigation.