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Ninnekah Wildfire Believed To Be Intentionally Set

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Devastation in Ninnekah following the wildfires. Devastation in Ninnekah following the wildfires.
GRADY COUNTY, Oklahoma -

The massive grass fire in Ninnekah on Friday may have been intentionally set. That's according to Grady County Fire Chief Perry Wenzel.

"I'm going to say this fire's going to be a very, very suspicious fire because we got a lot of green areas between the burned ones," Chief Wenzel told News 9 on Monday.

The fire started around 2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon and quickly spread out of control.

"Until it hit something there was no getting in front of it," said Chief Wenzel "It was moving like a freight train coming through."

The fire burned 9600 acres and destroyed two homes. In addition the fire chief says firefighters had to rescue two families. One woman who had to be rescued remained in the hospital Monday.

"It breaks my heart for somebody to actually do this and know that the devastation they're doing to the community and the people and for people to actually lose their homes over something like this."

The fire chief says the fire was out by about 11:30 p.m. Friday night, but firefighters have been keeping an eye on hot spots all weekend.

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