A 5-year-old boy helped his mother out of their burning house on Garrett’s Lake Road in Shawnee Sunday night.

The fire broke out at the family home of Martin Bruner while his wife, Candace, was home alone with their four children, ages 2 to 7.


A 5-year-old boy helped his mother out of their burning house on Garrett’s Lake Road in Shawnee Sunday night.

The fire broke out at the family home of Martin Bruner while his wife, Candace, was home alone with their four children, ages 2 to 7.

All children were safely out of the home when the middle son, Robert, ran back in to get his mother, Bruner said.

He acknowledges his son’s actions were heroic but also dangerous, Bruner said.

“I’m just glad that my two youngest kids didn’t follow him in,” Bruner said.

The blaze started around 8:30 p.m. and quickly engulfed the house, destroying everything but the carport, Bruner said.

Candace was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation she received trying to re-enter the house; she was released from the hospital, Bruner said.

The family lost everything in the fire but are grateful that is all they lost, Bruner said.

“It was so quick, you know. Less than five minutes...and it was engulfed,” Bruner said.

Shawnee firefighters responded to the home at 46110 Garrett’s Lake Road about 8:39 p.m. and remained on the scene overnight.

Battalion Chief Curt Lamastus said when fire crews arrived, the home was 50 percent engulfed in flames.

Without a water source in that rural area, crews used water from engines and tankers to help douse the blaze. Earlsboro assisted Shawnee’s two engines and other trucks with an additional engine and tanker at the scene, he said, with crews going refill water in the area of Garrett’s Lake Road and Bryan Street.

Despite the efforts, the home was a total loss, he said.

Firefighters believe the fire started in the living room area, but Lamastus said there’s been no determination on the cause of the blaze.

Firefighters asked for the American Red Cross to assist the family.

Bruner said the family is staying with relatives in Shawnee and working with the Red Cross to try to find a place to rent, Bruner said.