Fires claim two lives, keep crews busy

Steve Rutherford, director of Sequoyah County Emergency Management, said fire crews have been busy since Thursday extinguishing fires throughout Sequoyah County including one which claimed the lives of an elderly Muldrow couple.

The bodies of Roy C. “R.C.” and Clara Rogers were sent off to the State Medical Examiner’s office after the two died from a fire which broke out in their home around 10 p.m. on Jan. 31, Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane said.

The Rogers once operated Rogers Mountain Music Barn, a popular place where musical groups gathered to play music. The couple was reported to be in their 80s.

The Oklahoma Fire Marshal and Sequoyah County Sheriff’s office are investigating the fire.

A fire broke out early Monday morning and destroyed an A-Frame house located north of Sallisaw in the Sequoyah Little Farms Community, Steve Rutherford, director of Sequoyah County Emergency Management, said.

Rutherford said no one was home at the time and fire crews from Brushy, Marble City and Sallisaw worked to extinguish the fire.

The Sallisaw Fire Department responded to a fire Monday afternoon at 100 Kish Avenue at Leisure Hills after a fire started in the kitchen area of the home, Rutherford said.

Rutherford said most of the damage to the home was from smoke. Firemen worked to ventilate the house and make sure the source of the fire was completely extinguished.

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