Fire Leads to Evacuation Order in Oklahoma

Jul 30, 2012

EARLSBORO, Okla. (AP) — Residents in Earlsboro have been allowed back in their homes after being ordered to evacuate because of a grass fire.

Emergency management officials said Sunday evening that about 30 homes had been evacuated in the town about 50 miles east of Oklahoma City. Several hours later, the Pottawatomie County sheriff's office reported that residents had returned home.

No injuries were reported. The fire's cause was not immediately known.

About 40 firefighters were called to battle the blaze. Some remained at the scene late Sunday night.

The Red Cross had set up an evacuation center at the City Hall in Tecumseh. Shortly after 9 p.m., spokesman Ken Garcia said the center was no longer needed with families returning home. He said a family of six had come to the center.

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