MAYES COUNTY, Okla. - A house fire in Mayes County claimed the life of one person early Wednesday morning.
Officials at the sheriff's office say it happened just before 5 a.m. about nine miles east of Salina on Kenwood Road.
Kenwood and Salina Fire Departments both responded.
Officials say the kitchen was engulfed and 85-year-old John Marble was unable to escape.
Marble's grandson broke into the mobile home and was able to get Marble outside but he was already dead.
"It was in the kitchen part of the house and already engulfed by the time the fire department arrived on scene," said Kenwood Fire Department Capt. Greg Butcher. "A neighbor passing by saw the flames, went up and alerted the family."
Marble, a grandfather of seven, served in the Army and was a retired member of the Carpenter's Union.
Rex Chancellor, a Kenwood resident, remembers Marble's love for his horses.
"Real, real nice likeable fellow. Loved the outdoors and his horses," Chancellor said.
He says the small eastern Oklahoma town is close-knit and word of Marble's death traveled quickly.
"We're pretty close around here. We know what everybody does,"Chancellor said. "I knew him well. The whole family. His boy, his grandson, his wife."
This is the second house fire in the area in which a family member tried to save a loved one. The first happened Monday at a home in Sapulpa where a father, Bill Locust, tried to save his son, 44-year-old Matthew Locust. Locust, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, died in the fire.
In nearby Kenwood, Chancellor says Marble will be missed.
"He'll be greatly missed," Chancellor said.
The state fire marshal is investigating, but so far no cause has been determined.
Marble's grandson was treated on scene for minor burns and smoke inhalation.
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