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Bittersweet Coincidence for House Fire Victim and Firefighters

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The Tulsa Fire Department stayed busy Sunday with multiple house fires. One of those, on South Evanston Ave. in north Tulsa, came with an interesting twist.

Firefighters worked to put out the blaze that Della Cole drove up to find burning through her bedroom. Cole was just getting back from the grocery store, where she was buying ingredients to make Christmas candy for the firefighters, who were now working to save her home.

"I was going to make it and take some to Station 16, because, every time I need help, they're there," said Cole who has lived in the house for around five years. Cole said she wanted to do something to show her appreciation for all that the fire department does.

"Oh, golly, I've known some of the guys at that station for - Well, I won't say how long, but it's been a while," she said, laughing.

"The damage was extensive. We did contain the fire to the room of origin, but the whole house suffered severe smoke damage," Captain Josh Rutledge of the Tulsa Fire Department said.

One of Cole's dogs and two of her pet birds died in the blaze. TFD is ruling the cause of the fire on a space heater. It is something Rutledge says, they are seeing too often. "A lot of people use zip cords to turn these space heaters on and off and they're not rated for that space heater. They get hot and they cause a lot of fires."

Cole says, she plans to move back into her house, with more appreciation than ever for the firefighters who saved it. "If they need somebody to campaign for them, I'll do it," she said, laughing.

Cole told Tulsa's Channel 8 after the fire, she was going back inside to see if her dishes were clean and make that candy for the firefighters.

The fire department estimates the damage at around $20- to $30,000.

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