Two historic buildings destroyed in Guthrie fire


    The scene of a large fire in Guthrie in the 100 block of E. Oklahoma Ave. on Saturday, February 23, 2019. (David Young/KOKH)

    The Guthrie Fire Department was called to the 100 block of E. Oklahoma Avenue, just north of Harrison Ave. and S. Division St., for a fire Saturday afternoon.

    The fire destroyed two building according to the Guthrie fire chief. The chief reported a flower shop was in one of the buildings.

    The cause of the fire at this time is undetermined, but it is believed to have started on a back porch.

    According to Chief Eric Harlow with the Guthrie Fire Department, "It had already extended into the interior of the building due to the winds that we've got today, which are really hampering our efforts."

    After the fire was discovered two women got out of a building safely.

    Fire crews expect to be at the fire scene through out the night.

    "We've got smoke all over town blowing around," Harlow said on scene, "Unfortunately due to the architecture of these buildings we've got smoke swirling around and it makes it look like we've got fire coming from areas that we don't."

    Hundreds of people from the city came out to observe the incident. One eye witness, Josh long said, "People care about our downtown district. People are sad to see what's going on. It just breaks a lot of people's heart to see a lot of the history just go up in flames."

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