A fire three miles west of U.S. Highway 81 on Osage and one mile north destroyed one mobile home, killed three dogs and burned about 40 acres along a half mile swath Wednesday afternoon.

Dan Eberhart, Central High fire chief, said, “It was pretty wild for a while. It jumped the road a couple of times. If we hadn’t gotten it under control when we did, it would have really taken off.”

Eberhart said he was not sure when the fire started. The fire was under control by 4:30 p.m.

Dozens of firefighters from several fire departments, including Marlow, Empire and Bethel Road, lent aid to the Central High Fire Department.

“We’ve got a lot of cooperation,” Eberhart said. “It’s helped. They helped us get it under control before it burned for miles.”

He said he did not know the cause of the fire but knew the fire originated at the mobile home.

Linda Manley, who owned the mobile home, said she didn’t know what could have caused the fire either.

“I don’t know what happened,” Manley said. “We had three dogs, two that we got from the animal shelter and one that I raised from a puppy. They all expired.”

In spite of her loss, she said she knew what she was going to do.

“We’re going to stay in a hotel,” she said. “Then we’ll probably get a travel trailer to put out here. And then we’ll rebuild.”

Eberhart said his main concern about the fire was how quickly it spread.

“If it had gotten much farther, it would have just taken off,” he said. “Luckily, I think we got it under control.”

In a separate incident, firefighters were called to battle a grass fire off Bois D’Arc between U.S. Highway 81 and Cameron University-Duncan about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday. Although the fire burned three or four acres, seven firefighters with three units were able to get the fire under control within 25 minutes. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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