At about 4 a.m. Wednesday, September 6th Keri and Jamie Keel were awoken by her brother yelling her name. The four occupants at 300 West Oklahoma left the house safely but the house, shop, and garage were a total loss. Hennessey Firefighters Dustin Munroe and Jaylen Goff were the first on the scene and found the shop and home fully engulfed in flames and started fighting the fire. Hennessey Fire Chief Brandon Scott said, “The second wave of Hennessey firefighters arrived and immediately started a defensive attack to protect surrounding structures”.

The call went out for mutual aid assistance from the Waukomis and Dover fire departments, both arrived with trucks and additional firefighters.  Hennessey Firefighters cleared the scene at about 9 a.m. But had to return to the scene 2 times later in the day because the fire rekindled. The American Red Cross and Kingfisher County Emergency Management arrived and assisted the family with their immediate needs. Wayne Wright Construction of Hennessey and others provided food for the firefighters while they were on the scene.  Hennessey Police, Life-EMS, & KFC Sherriff Department also assisted. 

This family lost everything in this fire.  If you would like to help The Hennessey Community Action Team (CAT) has set up an account at Community State Bank.  Mention “The Keel Family” on your check. Or you can bring a check by Eagle Propane at the corner of Hwy 51 & 81.