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Benne Brewer | For The Chronicle

CYRIL — Authorities continue to investigate the cause of a devastating Cyril apartment fire March 17 that left a number of residents without a home and destroyed all of their possessions.

Just after 5 p.m. March 17, Cyril firefighters were called to the Cyril Village Apartments, 400 Ohio Street, to battle the blaze. Crews from Apache, Broxton, Cement, Elgin and New Hope assisted as one 8-unit building burned for close to two hours, ultimately destroying the building.

Fortunately, the tenants were able to make it out safely. Chief Alvin Pickens said, to his knowledge, all the victims were able to find shelter with extended family members.

At the scene, Cyril Police Sergeant Makinzie Ash said fire victims were able to reach out to local churches for assistance.

Almost immediately following the blaze, members of the community began organizing ways to help the families recover.

A bank account has been set up for the families at First National Bank and Trust in Cyril; funds can be directed towards the Alliance Ministries of Cyril.

Family members and friends have also set up individual GoFundMe accounts for some victims.

In addition, both the Cyril Police Department and Cyril Volunteer Fire Department are collecting food, clothing and monetary donations for the families. Those who wish to donate to the victims through the Cyril Volunteer Fire Department may call (580) 464-3206. To donate through the Cyril Police Department, donors should call (580) 464-2216.

New socks, underwear and hygiene products can be taken to Family Life Church of Cyril, 204 W. Idaho Ave. Pastor Donnie Miller said the church will gladly accept gently used household items, furniture and clothing for the victims.