A large structure fire occurred on Saturday 12/26/09
in the Historic Downtown section of Hobart.
Dollar Depot was one fire, and several other buildings
including Boothe Drug Store and the Democrat Chief
newspaper were threatened as the fire raged on the
Southwest Corner of the Kiowa County Square.
Hobart Fire Department received and responded to
the call shortly before 5 pm. By 5 PM the Fire Dept
was asking for mutual aid from surrounding departments.
They were even asking for manpower from Clinton
In total around 10 Fire Departments responded to
assist with equipment and manpower.
Hobart Police Department and Kiowa County Sheriff's
Office provided security in the area to keep people
and traffic out of the area.
The Southwest Oklahoma Chapter of the
American Red Cross responded and provided
canteen operations to assist the Emergency Responders.
Canteen operations were conducted from the Methodist
Church. Thanks to Pastor Kyle for all your help !!!
The Red Cross would also like to thank Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut,
Pizza Time, Amatuer Radio Volunteers, and Red Cross Volunteers
for providing the food, drinks, and manpower for the canteen.
Firefighters was able to contain the fire to the one building, but felt
there would probably be some smoke, water, and heat damage
to surrounding structures. Execellent job guys !!!
Canteen Operations from the Red Cross ended at about 10 PM
and volunteers were released.
Cause of the Fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshall
according to Chief Lankford and Kiowa County Sheriff Office.