- Published on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 10:31
The Beckham County Sheriff's Department is investigating whether a house fire Tuesday was arson. Yesterday, the Elk City Fire Department was called about one and a half miles south of Interstate 40 on Highway 34 to respond to a structure fire that is now believed to have been started intentionally, according to the fire department.
Two structures were full-involved – a residence and a detached garage. Blowing embers also started a small grass fire to the north of the home. Elk City fire crews were assisted by the Canute and Carter Fire Departments. The Canute department responded with one engine and a water transport from TLC services with five firemen. Carter responded with one tanker, a water transport and four firemen.
Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire, but the home was a total loss. Crews battled the fire for approximately seven hours before leaving the scene.
Upon investigation, fire crews "found a stolen vehicle in the garage and another vehicle that belonged to the resident missing from the garage," according to the fire report. There were also firearms missing from the residence.
The Beckham County Sheriff's office and the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal's office were contacted to aid in the investigation.
More information will be published as it becomes available.