Glenpool residents use shelters while evacuated from their homes

Tuesday, April 8th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Several churches in Glenpool and Sapulpa offered their buildings as make shift shelters for Glenpool residents who left their homes.

Between 80 and 100 families stopped at one of the church for a quiet place to rest, eat and make a plan. Most of them took time enough only to grab kids, animals and medicine before leaving because the thick smoke was directly over their neighborhoods.

One woman said when it started coming in her vents and she could smell it inside her house, she left. Jennifer Jones, "Since I was alone with four kids, I thought it would be smart to leave. Just the smoke itself is scary, breathing it in, smelling it."

Even though the evacuations were not mandatory, deputies and firefighters did go door-to-door, encouraging folks to leave. They're getting ready to serve supper here for people who still don't feel safe going home. They expect quite a few more as people get off work and have no place to go.

ConocoPhillips has set up a toll-free number for those who had to leave their homes because of the fire. If you have questions about food or shelter because you had to evacuate, call 1-800-766-6362.