The Norman Transcript


May 6, 2014

Family’s home spared

GUTHRIE — When a wildfire headed toward Evelynne Ritter and her three adult daughters Sunday evening, they didn’t waste time.

“We grabbed what we could, shoved it in the truck, put our pets in the back and ran,” Ritter said.

A storm of fire rained down on east Logan County Sunday. Ritter fled her Guthrie home around sunset.

Ritter delivered good and bad news 9 a.m. Monday to the American Red Cross Shelter that was created Sunday evening at Community Church, 512 E. Seward Road in Logan County.

“I feel sorry for all those families that were along Prairie Lane because they don’t have no place to go,” Ritter said. “But the Red Cross, the people of Oklahoma ... they step up. They’re there for us.” 

Her home and those of her neighbors were spared.

Ritter was one of 15 displaced residents who spent Sunday night at an American Red Cross Shelter.

Ritter doesn’t know why her family was so lucky, she said. Somehow with God’s blessing, the fires stayed in the canyon, she said. Most of the damage was contained in a straight line.

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