Two juveniles were injured in a fire that tore through an Ardmore home early Thursday morning.
Ardmore Fire Department Fire Marshall Tim Lee said firefighters were dispatched to the residence, located at the 300 block of F St. NE, around 5:15 a.m. There was already a large amount of fire upon their arrival and firefighters were advised that there could still be people inside, Lee said.
“There was quite a bit of fire when the guys got there. There were flames coming out of the front of the house,” Lee said. “When we arrived they were saying that there were people trapped in the house.”
Firefighters went into the burning building to search for the residents before taking any other action. However, firefighters later learned that all of the residents had managed to escape before they arrived, Lee said.
Two juveniles, ages 15 and 14, had been in their bedrooms at the time of the fire and sustained non-life-threatening burns. Both were transported to the hospital to be treated for their injuries and one was later transferred to a burn center in Texas, Lee said.
Three adults living at the residence reportedly got out without any injuries.
The home is currently wrapped off with caution tape and warning signs of danger, with the smell of smoke still permeating the air. The outer structure of the home is still standing, but the damage was reportedly extensive throughout the interior.
Lee said the damage to the house is considered a total loss. “It was a 100% loss — it was a total loss. It was a big fire, a lot of fire.”
The Red Cross is offering the family disaster relief and recovery services to help them get back on their feet, Lee said. “The Red Cross came out and gave some assistance. They’re going to travel down to the burn center so that they can help them out with some of the financials on that.”
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and as of now, Lee said there is no evidence to suggest it was arson. “It’s under investigation and it’s undetermined at this time, we’re still looking into it.”