Woodward, Okla. —
By Joy Hampton
The Norman Transcript
The State Fire Marshal has determined fires set in Cleveland County over the weekend were arson.
“The agent has determined that all three fires were intentionally and deliberately set,” Assistant State Fire Marshal Joanne Sellars said. “That refers to the three fires on Cemetery Road on Friday and Saturday.”
Sellars said a mobile fire on Post Oak, Wednesday morning also has been ruled as arson. At least one death occurred as a result of the fires set in Cleveland County.
The investigation is ongoing.
Norman Fire Chief James Fullingim said the fatality was a result of fires spreading from the fires ruled as arson.
Within Norman City limits, the Norman Fire Marshal still is investigating fires considered suspicious. A ruling of arson in those cases has not been determined yet.
“Those fires are still suspicious,” Fullingim said. “We’re still seeking leads and information and looking for suspects.”
Report suspicious behavior by calling 321-1444. Tips leading to an arrest could qualify for a Crime Stoppers award up to $1,000.
Norman fire crews continue to battle fires.
“We are currently on the scene of two more fires this morning in the affected area. They are currently under investigation. These fires are ongoing so we don’t have any information about what might have caused them.” Fullingim said. “We have not determined if these are hot spots or new fires, we haven’t determined that yet.”
Woodward, Okla. —
By Joy Hampton
- Local News
Woodward County EMS helping with tornado response
Woodward County EMS has joined in the response efforts to the devastation following the deadly EF-5 tornado in Central Oklahoma.
Fire chief says search almost complete in Oklahoma
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — The search for survivors and the dead is nearly complete in the Oklahoma City suburb that was smashed by a mammoth tornado, the fire chief said Tuesday.
Gary Bird said he's "98 percent sure" there are no more survivors or bodies to recover under the rubble in Moore, a community of 56,000 people.
Local church to hold prayer vigil for Moore tornado victims
The First Christian Church in Woodward will be holding a prayer vigil tonight at 6 p.m. in support of the victims of the tornado that struck Moore on Monday.
Donations being taken at armory today
If you would like to send items to help the victims of Monday's tornado that ripped through Moore, donations are being accepted at the old armory building at Crystal Beach Park through 5 p.m. today.
Crews dig through night after deadly Okla. twister
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Spotlights bore down on massive piles of shredded cinder block, insulation and metal as crews worked through the night early Tuesday lifting bricks and parts of collapsed walls where a monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood. At least 51 people were killed, including at least 20 children, and those numbers were expected to climb, officials said.
Woodward County fire departments send assistance to Moore
A search and rescue task force from Woodward County was deployed to help assist with the response to the devastating tornado that ripped through Moore and south Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.
Police: School near OKC directly hit by tornado
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say an elementary school in an Oklahoma City suburb took a direct hit from a mile-wide tornado.
Projects on city agenda
Renovation and construction projects are the theme for the Woodward City Commission's regular meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
Museum hosting history lectures
If you've lived here long enough then you've surely heard about Woodward's "favorite son" Temple Houston, his famous "Soiled Dove" speech, and his infamous shootout with the Jennings brothers.
Season approaching for Farmer’s Market
The Woodward Farmer's Market will be in a new location when it opens for the 2013 season on May 25.
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