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January 13, 2012

UPDATE: Fire destroys Stillwater house

STILLWATER, Okla. — Dozens of people watched while Stillwater firefighters attacked a massive house fire in the Westwood neighborhood for several hours on Friday afternoon.

Stillwater Fire Marshal Trent Hawkins late Friday evening was still trying to determine the cause of the blaze at 1716 W. Sunset Ave. It was reported shortly before 3 p.m.

The fire was in the house’s attic when firefighters arrived, Battalion Chief Greg Connelly said. Crews were set to remain at the home to monitor some hot spots until at least 11 p.m. Friday, he said.

The house was destroyed, Connelly said. No injuries were reported.

Smoke spewed from the entire roof before flames started shooting from the roof over the garage and a bedroom. The roof eventually collapsed.

Police cars blocked off trafic to Sunset Drive. Four fire engines, fire hoses and ambulances filled the street.

Brothers Stuart and Robert Daniel grew up at the house. Their mom and stepdad lived there, but neither was home when the fire started, they said.

Stuart Daniel said he was in class when his brother’s girlfriend called him about the fire.

The bedroom that was destroyed was their sister’s, Robert Daniel said.

“It just sucks to watch,” he said. “Everyone says it’s good no one was in there, but I grew up here.”

Most on-duty firefighters were at the scene. Off-duty firefighters were called in to man fire stations, Bradley said.

Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training provided an air trailer so firefighters could refill tanks on site, he said.

LifeNet ambulance service was also on scene to assist firefighters.

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