Oklahoma Police Officer, Wife Lose Everything In Devastating House Fire, Including 4 Dogs

Friday, May 7th 2021, 6:29 pm
By: Hunter McKee

CUSTER CITY, Oklahoma -

A Custer City police officer said he lost everything after his home caught on fire. He and his wife were able to make it out, but their four dogs weren't as lucky.

Josh and Emily Abernathy said they had just pulled into their garage when suddenly they saw smoke. They said when they tried to walk inside, they were hit with a heat wave.

"It was scary how intense it was and hearing my wife screaming the way that she was, I was just terrified." said Josh.

After realizing the inside of the house was on fire, Josh quickly jumped into action, knowing his pets were still inside.

"Entered the utility room to the kitchen, we noticed one of our puppies had passed away right there," said Josh.

In a panic, they quickly searched for their other three dogs, but the flames grew larger.

"The fire intensified," said Emily. "It was so hot; I remember falling to my knees."

Emily then made her way out the back door, trying to alert any neighbors.

"Just trying to get anyone to notice us, begging for help," she said.

Josh on the other hand, was near the front door and thought Emily was still inside.

"I ran back outside, got a couple of breaths and ran back in," said Josh.

But at that point, the fire had absorbed most of the home and Josh suffered some minor burns.  He then found Emily in the backyard as a neighbor dialed 911.

"Was incredible, because I was very sure I had lost my husband," said Emily.

They both then ran across the street, as firefighters arrived on scene.  

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but the home was a total loss, as all four dogs, a hedgehog and two guinea pigs passed away.

A GoFundMe was started to help Josh and Emily.