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Oklahoma Baptists respond to fire near Elk City

ELK CITY–Beckham-Mills Southern Baptist Disaster relief volunteers Jim and Estelline Coffey and Dennis Friesen from Elk City responded to a grass fire about five miles north of Elk City Monday afternoon, providing snacks and drinks to firefighters from more than 10 rural fire departments battling the blaze which threatened gas wells in the area.

No homes were damaged in the fire, which began around 2:30 p.m., and was under control some two hours later, but a couple of generators were destroyed, said Jim Coffey.

“The firefighters are basically putting out hot spots now,” Coffee said around 4:15 p.m. “They’ll probably stay here until around midnight to make sure the fire doesn’t start up again.

Coffey estimated that about 850 acres of grassland were burned by the fire.

Bob Nigh

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Bob Nigh is historical secretary for Oklahoma Baptists' Historical Commission

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