BY ADAM TROXTELL
Firefighters are still piecing together what caused a large blaze to tear through the top floor of Tuttle’s historic old bank building that houses the Grady Pub & Grille.
First responders from eight different cities were called to the scene shortly after 5 a.m. where Tuttle Fire Chief Bruce Anthony said the flames were already eating away the building’s old wooden frame.
“The first units found one end of the building fully involved and began trying to get it under control,” Anthony said. Mustang fire department were first on the scene, with Amber and Tuttle joining the battle shortly after.
Officials have not determined a cause yet, and had not found any indication for one as of Tuesday afternoon, Anthony said. A representative from the State Fire Marshal was set to arrive and assess the situation at around 3 p.m.
The building was constructed over 100 years ago with a wooden frame, making it easy for the fire to spread and difficult to manage. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
“It was a difficult fire to fight,” Anthony said. “It was difficult to get under control.” Firefighters were able to get the blaze under control around mid-morning, five hours after they began battling the blaze, Anthony said.
“It looks like it’s a severe loss,” he said. “This is a huge historical loss for the city of Tuttle. They called it the opera house, because they would hold plays and productions upstairs. There still is a stage there, and at the back of it, the cast from the plays would sign their names. That’s just something you can’t replace.”
Damage to the first floor of the building was limited to the effects of water seeping down from above, but the entire building was blocked off Tuesday afternoon while firefighters continued to make sure the blaze was completely eliminated.
The restaurant on the second floor was purchased by 27-yeard-old Trevor Anthony and his wife, Kaila, in January.
The couple planned to turn the facility into a dinner theatre, which was slated to have their opening show during Memorial Day Weekend.
The building, which houses Grady’s Pub and Grille is a protected historical landmark that has stood for over 100 years.
Fire crews from Oklahoma City, Newcastle, Bridge Creek, Amber, Pocasset, Mustang and Union City assisted Tuttle with the fire, while individuals from the community came by throughout the afternoon to offer assistance. Lonnie Paxton, who owns the first floor of the building that houses six individual businesses, was also at the scene lending a hand as a volunteer firefighter. Residents also showed up to help salvage items out of Self’s Barber Shop.
The Sonic in Tuttle donated drinks for firefighters who had been at the scene since early that morning.