Metro Family Thankful No One Was Hurt After Overnight Fire
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City family is very thankful this Thanksgiving, even though they suffered an overnight fire at their home.
Firefighters were called to the 800 block of NW 115th Street near Western Ave. just after 2 a.m. Thursday.
The landlord tells News 9 he had just checked the heater this week and it was working fine, but that is where the fire originated. But fortunately it did not spread very far. In fact, a charred piece of wood found inside the heating unit sustained the most damage - although it did create quite a bit of smoke that went through the family's home.
So now the Davis family has taken all the food they were going to have for Thanksgiving to a relative's house. And they will be spending the holiday at a hotel since the house is currently without power. News 9 caught up with members of the Davis family who say this will not spoil their holiday.
"Everything happens for a reason. We don't always have to like it, but it happens for a reason and I am just blessed and glad everyone is OK," said David Davis, whose daughter and four grandchildren live in the home. "We're still going to have Thanksgiving because we have so much to be thankful for."
Bill Hendricks owns the home and says he too is thankful the family is alright, and that his house is still standing.
"Everybody needs to be thankful for what they got," said Hendricks.
"I didn't start cooking last night, so I knew it had nothing to do with cooking," said Alavi Davis who lives in the home with her four children. They are now spending part of Thanksgiving at a nearby Holiday Inn. And they are taking it all in stride.
"Even though I had a tragedy, it still brought forth a lot of love and a bond that I don't think will ever be broken," said Davis. "We'll talk about what happened today and why it’s so important to share love once again. That's just being thankful for who you have right then at that moment."
She says it is her family's strong faith in God that helps them get through challenges like this, especially during the holidays.
"And Thanksgiving is a day of just completely giving thanks," said Davis. "And not really just focusing on the things or the trials you go through in life, but just observing the day for being thankful for being able to actually sit here with my children, hold them and love them."
And the Davis family is also thankful for the Red Cross who put them up in that hotel and they hope to be back in their home soon, once the heater is fixed.