Claremore Daily Progress

November 13, 2013

Fire destroys vacant Claremore home

Mark Friedel
Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE — Officials closed down part of Cherokee Street after a fire broke out Monday evening on the 400 block of Eighth Street near the post office.

The Claremore Fire Department responded to the house fire around 4:45 p.m.

As firefighters arrived on scene, the structure was almost fully engulfed in flames. Fire Marshal Jason Crandall said the small home was vacant at the time, and had not been lived in since 2007.

“It appears to be a house. It’s about the size of a shack,” he said. “The structure is only about 500 sq. ft., but there was at one time a gas and water hookup and what looks to be a dining area.”

Crandall said he is still investigating the area to try and figure out the cause of the fire.

“The site was vacant and there were no utilities turned on, so we can rule out a gas or electricity fire. It’s possible children were playing and there was an accident,” he said. “It’s hard to tell at this point if the fire was deliberately caused.”

Claremore Police blocked off part of Cherokee Street for about an hour while firefighters put out the flames.

No injuries were reported.