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A ladder truck from the Elgin Fire Department is called on to extinguish Friday’s fire in a former business building being used for storage in downtown Snyder. Elgin’s was one of numerous area fire departments to respond to the blaze of the building, which was rendered a total loss along with its contents. The fire also caused some smoke and water damage to to adjacent buildings, including the administration office of Snyder Public Schools. No injuries were reported.Flames and smoke make their way out of a former business building being used for storage in downtown Snyder as firefighters attempt to extinguish the massive blaze Friday.A glass window is melted into rubble in Friday’s fire of a former business building in downtown Snyder. There was extensive damage to buildings and contents, but no injuries were reported.

Fire destroys Snyder building

SNYDER  About a dozen fire departments battled a fire that destroyed a downtown building and damaged two adjoining buildings Friday.

The blaze was reported at 10:18 a.m. at a former business at the intersection of 8th and E Street, which is across the street to the east from Snyder City Hall. The building was being used by a family for storage. It was considered a total loss, along with its contents, which included two vehicles stored inside. 

The smoke from the fire could be seen through the Southwest Oklahoma skies up to 20 miles away.

Also suffering damage from the fire, mostly from smoke and water, were the administration office of Snyder Public Schools and a flower shop north of the burned building. Snyder school officials and volunteers went into the school office to move furniture, files, computers and other contents to a beauty shop across the street for storage.

Robert Trammell, superintendent of Snyder Schools, said most of the damage to the district office was in the rear, but some smoke and water damage was reported in the remainder of the building.

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