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Community center in Turley damaged by fire; Building was erected in early 1900s

Posted at 4:08 AM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 04:32:25-05

"I could see the glow and my heart just plummeted," said Rhudean Lowery, the food bank coordinator at the Welcome Table Community Center in Turley.

The center located at the 5900 block of North Owasso Avenue caught on fire Thursday morning. The Turley Fire Department responded to the site around 2:15 a.m. and called the Tulsa Fire Department for assistance.

Fire Captain David Morgan said the roof collapsed, but no firefighters were hurt. The most damage occurred at the center's sanctuary and former classroom.

The old church now serves as a community center and food bank, which helps feed nearly 300 families a month, according to Lowery.

"We all work on volunteers. There is no salary. Our center operates on donations," said Lowery.

This is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in Turley. It was built in the early 1900s.

The state fire marshal will be determining the cause of the fire.

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