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Posted: March 21, 2017

Officials: 'Suspicious' Pittsburg County fire under investigation after it destroyed homes


By Jonathan McCall

News | KOKI

LONGTOWN, Okla. —

Quick facts:

  • Firefighters contained a wildfire that threatened about 100 homes near a wildfire.
  • The fire is located east of Highway 69 near Longtown.
  • Crews say more than 600 acres burned. Officials say so far, 6,000 acres burned
  • Officials say 40 homes were evacuated on the south side of Highway Nine.
  • The fire reportedly threatened more than 50 homes on the north side of the highway as well.
  • State Highway Nine closed near Pittsburg and Haskell County line. It later reopened.
  • At least nine homes were destroyed.
  • Officials say the fire started at two abandoned homes in the Thousand Oaks neighborhood.
  • More than 25 agencies, including the Oklahoma Forestry Service, and more than 250 firefighters battled the fire.
  • One firefighter has been treated for smoke inhalation.
  • Two evacuees were hospitalized.
  • The fire reignited Tuesday afternoon.
  • Officials say the fire is suspicious. It is under investigation.
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