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Oklahoma Firefighters Museum damaged by overnight storms

May 8, 2019 | In the Press

From KOCO (https://www.koco.com/article/oklahoma-firefighters-museum-damaged-by-overnight-storms/27413593)

Employees at the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum in Oklahoma City spent the day cleaning up after the museum hit by Tuesday night's severe storms.

"We got here this morning at 6:30, turned on the lights and thought, 'Boy, it smells odd in here,'" museum director Gene Brown said. "Got to listening and said, 'It sounds odd in here.'"

Brown and other employees walked into the museum's new smell and sounds of water flooding the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum overnight. Some ceiling tiles were on the floor.

"The water from the center of the room was just ... looked like Niagara Falls. Water coming everywhere," Brown said.

The museum was closed Wednesday as crews spent much of the morning and afternoon cleaning up the mess.

"We've got all the trucks. We're still cleaning those, making sure there's no damage to those from the roof falling in or the ceiling tiles falling in," Brown said.

The museum contains a collection of antiques dating back to the 18th century. Brown is working to determine if any of the antiques were permanently damaged.

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