A “total loss” is how a Rogers County father described what remained of his home after a Monday night fire at 721 North Dorothy.

Although there were no injuries from the late-night fire, Carl Beiezel said there was “nothing salvageable” from the fire that kept Claremore firefighters busy for several hours.

“The call came in at 9:47 p.m. Monday evening, and by the time we arrived on scene, the fire was fully involved, coming primarily out of the back portion of the house,” said Battalion Chief Ken Willhoite, Claremore Fire Department. “The five children who were home at the time and the babysitter had made it out safely, but we did what we could to double check there were no persons still inside.”

Willhoite said Claremore firefighters fought the blaze for several hours — a task made more challenging by high winds — and remained until after 3 a.m. to do “mop up work.”

“At this time, the cause of the fire is still under investigation, although it appears that it originated near the rear of the home, perhaps near the laundry room,” he said.

Willhoite noted that working smoke detectors were largely responsible for preventing injuries from the fire.

“From what I understand, smoke detectors alerted the babysitter, and when she went into the baby’s room, there was the presence of smoke,” Willhoite said.

“So, it’s probable that Mr. Beiezel saved his family’s lives in having operable smoke detectors in the house.”

An American Red Cross Disaster Action Team member also responded, providing family members with resources of food and clothing.