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July 5, 2012

NEW: Fireworks leads to blaze in mobile home park north of Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — Fireworks are believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed one home and damaged property in the Ranch Acres Mobile Home Park Thursday afternoon.

The park is located on Sunny Lane Road  off  State Highway 177 north of the Cimarron Turnpike.

Payne County Sheriff’s deputy Rockford Brown said neighbors saw two unsupervised children playing with fireworks, which caught a patch of dry brush on fire before the blaze spread to a nearby home.

One boy said he and his friend were playing with fireworks when the wind pulled the sparks into nearby grass.

“The fire was going too fast,” he said.

Stillwater Fire Department battalion chief Jay Willis said the fire  destroyed a travel trailer, damaged vehicles and burned down several sheds and smaller structures. No one was injured. The Glencoe and Ingalls fire departments responded.

Neighbor Keith Barton said he and others used water garden hoses to try to put out the fire, but couldn’t knock the flames down. Barton said a propane tank exploded, stoking the fire.

“There were hot embers hitting my head,” Barton said.

Brown said the home had more than eight residents.

Jaylenee Longoria, one of the residents, said she and others saw the approaching flames. They brought water from the house but soon realized the fire was engulfing the home and they left.

“We did the best we could,” Longoria said. More than just a home, the family lost part of their history. Longoria said the home and a truck had been passed down through their family for generations.

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