A large fire Thursday morning in historic Stockyards City destroyed two businesses in a single structure and decimated dozens of unique Western and American Indian works of art.
Firefighters responding to a three-alarm fire about 7:45 a.m. faced frigid temperatures and hazardous conditions. The fire caused a large portion of the roof of Bentley-Gafford Co. Ranch Store, 1320 Agnew Ave., to collapse and spread into Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry next door, destroying much of the building and the art inside.
Western artist Jack Wells said more than 20 of his original works of art were destroyed, including oil paintings, pencil drawings and charcoal paintings that were displayed inside Bentley-Gafford Co. Ranch Store.
“I guess I’ll just have to do them all again,” Wells said. “Everyone has reconciled with the fact that it’s pretty much a total loss.”
Wells said Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry contained many pieces of handmade jewelry, original paintings and other American Indian art.
Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland said three firefighters suffered injuries. One fell on the ice and was taken to a hospital, and two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Stanaland said.read more