A Guthrie police and fire dispatcher is without a home following a large house fire.
Around 10 p.m. Thursday night, first responders arrived to a home in the 1100 block of W Mansur Ave. in Guthrie to find the home fully engulfed in flames.
The home belonged to Guthrie police and fire dispatcher Bobby Stevens. The home had been in the family for years.
Guthrie police said Stevens was cooking dinner when he noticed flames coming from the wall. They said Stevens attempted to put the flames out and was unsuccessful.
Stevens escaped the home unharmed with nothing but the clothes on his back. Police said he didn’t even take the time to put shoes on.
“It being our dispatcher, especially this particular guy, that jus hits us super hard,” said Sgt. Anthony Gibbs of the Guthrie Police Department. “He’s the kind of guy that has never met anybody he didn’t like.”
Bobby’s father, Charles Stewert, is a retired Guthrie police officer. For nearly two decades, Bobby has worked as a dispatcher for the City of Guthrie.
“It was a little bit of an older house. It had been in the family for a long time. He exits the house and flames have engulfed the entire outside area,” said Gibbs. “Older structures…the smoke starts filling it so quickly that there is not a lot that can be done.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but an electrical issue is believed to have started the flames. Flames taking the year 2020 from bad, to worse.
“We’re so glad this didn’t happen at night, so glad that we didn’t wake up to a fatality or something like that, instead it was something that he noticed, attempted to try to put it out,” said Gibbs.
Stevens is currently staying in a hotel; he hopes to get back to work soon.
The Red Cross assisted Stevens following the fire.
The Guthrie Police Department started a GoFundMe page to help get Steven’s back on his feet and back to work.
Stevens did not have insurance.