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March 6, 2014

Flames come through the roof; firefighters put them down

NORMAN — Three fire stations and 15 firefighters responded Wednesday night to a house fire at 3901 Glisten Court where flames were seen coming through the roof.

Responding at approximately 9:13 p.m., firefighters had extinguished the fire by 9:30.

Norman Fire Chief James Fullingim said the fire originated inside the home and spread to the attic. There was visible smoke coming from the front of the home, which was unoccupied. Nobody was injured, and the cause is unknown.

Although the blaze was kept in check, Fullingim said it was a potentially dangerous situation.

“If you don’t gain control of it in the next couple of minutes, say, three to five minutes, at that point the house can become engulfed, leading to a total loss.”

It was raining lightly at the time, but that doesn’t necessarily play in the fire department’s favor.

“At the point the fire is coming through the roof, the rain won’t have any bearing on it,” Fullingim said. “If anything, it can keep the smoke from rising and make our job more difficult.”

No damage report had been filed as of press time.

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