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Crews Battle House Fire in SE Oklahoma City
A major house fire in Southeast Oklahoma City.
Fire crews got to the scene just after 7 Friday morning. They tell us flames were coming from the front and back of the home when they arrived.
Crews first response was to protect the two surrounding homes from the fire spreading. They got the fire out, and say no one was home at the time.
A friend of the home owner has been very ill, and recently moved in with a friend down the street. They say she does not have insurance on the home, but did recently spend $5,000 to replace the roof.
Neighbors say they still see people coming in and out of the house often. They say they believe it may have become a drug house. Investigators on the scene have not confirmed that.
Fire crews are making sure all hot spots are out, and removing things from inside the home.
The are investigating the cause at this time.
Posted: Saturday, March 30 2013, 05:36 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
I-35 open through Moore, but exits restricted
May 21, 2013 22:01 GMT
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma transportation officials say Interstate 35 in Moore remains open, but exits into the community are blocked to all but emergency responders and work crews.
The highway is a major transportation link, running from Mexico to Minnesota, but officials discouraged travel through the area Tuesday so emergency crews would have clearer access.
Still, officials advise that traffic is congested in the area and say people should allow extra time if they must use the road.
Work crews from the state Department of Transportation and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority are devoting their efforts to the tornado cleanup. The agencies say 176 trucks and 54 pieces of heavy equipment are involved, along with the crews to operate them. Some crews used department equipment starting Monday before the storm moved through.
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