Stillwater News Press


January 15, 2010

Sumner community rallies behind fire victims

SUMNER, Okla. — The small, rural community of Sumner is rallying behind a family after a fire in December destroyed almost all of their possessions.

This Sunday the Sumner Baptist Church will host a fire shower to benefit the family. The Nichols family has asked for household items to be donated. They are also accepting toys for their 7-year-old son.

Tim Nichols said cash donations should be made to a charity of the donor's choice benefiting the rescue and recovery efforts for victims of the Haiti earthquake.

A fire destroyed the Nichols' home on Dec. 27. No one was injured.

Nichols was in Stillwater when he heard the news his house had caught fire. By the time he returned home, his house was ablaze and scant firefighters were on scene fighting the fire.

As a volunteer firefighter, Nichols snapped into action. He got a truck, snatched up some gear and returned to fight the blaze. He helped extinguish the fire while watching most of his possession incinerate.

"By the time I had gotten to my home, it was so far gone it was down to just controlling the fire," he said. "I got some gear on and sprayed water where I could. There was nothing to do but put out the fire."

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