Ninnekah Family, Their Horses Escape Wildfire

Monday, August 6th 2012, 10:39 pm
By: Dana Hertneky

The fire in Luther may have been intentionally set, and that may also be the case for the fire in Ninnekah last Friday. That's according to the Grady county Fire Chief.

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In Ninnekah, the fire chief says two homes were destroyed in the massive fire that destroyed 9,600 acres.

The fire started along a gravel road around 2 p.m. on Friday. It gave those like Suzzette Fogel little time to react.

"It came this way and scared us, and we left. We evacuated," Fogel said.

They grabbed some belongings and tried to lead their horses to safety. When they returned, their homestead was fine, but their horses were gone.

When they finally found them, they had not fared as well as the rest of Fogel's property.

Some of the horses received cuts mark as they ran through fences to try and escape the flames and smoke.

Still, Fogel says she's fortunate considering what her neighbors lost.

The fire in Ninnekah is out, although firefighters are still keeping an eye on hot spots. The fire chief said one person who got trapped in the fire is still in the hospital.

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