The cause of a Friday night fire that claimed the life of a Henryetta man is still under investigation.
Firemen were called to a home on North Second Street around 11 Friday night to find the house engulfed in flames.
According to fire chief David Bullard, the lone occupant of the house, 69-year-old Bobby Mings, was unable to escape and died in the fire. Bullard said a neighbor saw the fire and broke out some windows trying to help Mings escape but was unable to free the trapped man.
pickup fireHe said video that showed part of the house and yard was examined and, just before the fire, a bright flash could be seen. “I talked with PSO and they said their transformers are still in working condition,” the chief said.
While fire crews from Henryetta, Dewar and Plainview were at that scene, another call came in about a garage fire in the alley between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
Upon arrival there, they found the brick building was completely involved. Because the structure was separate from businesses lining Main Street, the damage was restricted to just the garage.garage
The cause of that fire is also under investigation.
That tragic house fire was the second home to be destoryed within a month in Henryetta. On Christmas day, a fire just a block away destroyed a historic house at the corner of Third and Gentry. In that blaze the family was gone for the holiday and no one was injured although they lost all their clothes and possessions. No cause for that fire has been announced.