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June 15, 2013

Tornado-damaged home destroyed by fire

MOORE — A residence at 851 Cardan Place in Moore’s Plaza Towers subdivision burned on Friday afternoon. Moore Fire Chief Gary Bird said smoke was already visible from Fire Station 1 when engines deployed.

“It was fully involved when we arrived,” Bird said.

Tornado damage to the home created multiple openings in the structure, allowing air to further fuel the fire.

Bird said the fire department has had no contact with the owner and no one was injured in the fire. The owner did not appear to be on the scene.

Flames leapt from the center of the roof as black smoke billowed into the sky above the tornado-damaged neighborhood. An RV on its side still rests in the home’s front yard.

The neighborhood is just north of the Plaza Towers Elementary school, which was destroyed in the May 20 tornado. The fire ate through the roof and apparently gutted the structure.

Firefighters connected hoses to hydrants still surrounded by tornado debris as they pumped high volumes of water onto the residence.

“We brought water in from two directions,” Bird said. “We may have had some low pressure due to valves being shut down, but we did have water.”

Bird said the full engagement of the structure fire when firefighters arrived made water pressure a moot point. The structure appears to be a total loss, he said.

To one side of the fire-engulfed home another home lay in ruins, apparently destroyed by the tornado. The home on the opposite side appeared to have sustained only minor tornado damage, and Moore firefighters battled to keep the blaze from spreading to its roof.

Moore responded with full equipment, including ladder trucks and pumpers. The photographer on the scene said the fire appeared to have started in the center of the home, and the roof had collapsed.

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