The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 17, 2014

Fire damages building on West Cherokee

Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A fire that damaged a commercial structure Friday could have been set intentionally.

Enid Fire Marshal Ken Helms said the person renting a section of an office strip in the 200 block of West Cherokee noticed a broken window Friday morning. Helms said the tenant planned on coming back around at lunchtime to check on it.

“Before he made it back, that fire occurred,” Helms said.

The Enid Fire Department was called out at 11:50 p.m.

The office structure currently appeared to have no business activity, Helms said. However, there is an online signup at the Edge Gaming Center for a tournament later this month. The person who is organizing the tournament could not be reached Friday.

Fire damage to the building was localized to a storage closet that contained miscellaneous personal property.

There also was some smoke and water damage throughout the interior of the structure.

Fire crews had to break through front and back doors to reach the flames and push the smoke out of the small building, which is located next to the Q-Spot.

It’s too early to tell what exactly caused the fire.

“We’re investigating on the possibility it was intentionally set, that someone tossed something in that broken window,” said Helms, adding that he hasn’t ruled out an electrical short. “Just because the building was not secure, it makes us look a little harder to see if it was intentionally set.”

Firefighters were expected to revisit the site later Friday night to make sure it does not catch fire again.

There were security cameras at the location but they were not turned on, Helms said.

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