Firefighters Rescue Oklahoma’s Own Reba McEntire After Stairwell Collapses
Beverly Cantrell - September 15, 2021 3:11 pm
ATOKA, Oklahoma –
Atoka firefighters rescued several people, including Oklahoma’s Own Reba McEntire, from a second-story building after a stairwell collapsed below them.
McEntire tweeted about the experience Wednesday afternoon.
While my team and I were in Atoka, Oklahoma, yesterday checking out an old historical building, a staircase collapsed,” McEntire said in a statement on Wednesday, September 15. “Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. We were safely evacuated from the building thanks to the quick response from the Atoka fire and police departments.”
The country singer, 66, was touring a historic downtown building in Atoka on Tuesday, September 14, when the incident occurred. City of Atoka Emergency Management Director Travis Mullins said that the stairwell from the second to the third story collapsed and fell onto the staircase from the first to the second floor, leaving the people inside stuck on the level they were on.
The fire department responded to rescue those trapped in the structure. McEntire was helped down a ladder from a second-story window. One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, but the others were unharmed.