TULSA, Okla. (AP) - More than 250 Creek County elementary school
students were evacuated when a grass fire burned near their school.
Pretty Water School Superintendent Philip Stoltzfus said the
fire came within a half-mile of the school Thursday afternoon
before it was contained. Stoltzfus said he fount out about the fire
between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. when fire trucks raced by the school.
The kindergarten to eighth grade school near Oklahoma 97 was
evacuated after winds fanned the flames near the school about 1
p.m.
Although firefighters said the wind was shifting and might push
the fire away from the school, Stoltzfus said he decided to
evacuate anyway and sent students to the Allen Bowden School five
miles away.
Sapulpa Fire Capt. Mike Smith said the brush fire was under
control by Thursday evening.
School will reopen Friday.
Meanwhile, a Pretty Water resident was taken to a Tulsa hospital
for injuries he received while fighting the fire.
Glenn Harden, 30, was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa for
smoke inhalation and first-degree burns to his legs and face, Creek
County Ambulance Supervisor Mike Greene said.