Beloved Sanford Steakhouse building burns down

Cause of fire remains unknown; Joint state Fire Marshal and Kingston Fire Department investigation remains ongoing

The Sanford Steakhouse located on US 70 in Kingston caught fire on June 6. Kingston Fire Chief James Kuykendall said the Kingston Fire Department was notified around 5:00 p.m., and called in the automatic aid troops.

Members of the Kingston, Madill, Texoma and Caney Soldier Fire Departments all raced toward the blaze in Southeastern Marshall County. The Kingston Police Department also responded to the scene.

Kuykendall said the cause of the fire is still under investigation. He also said his department is working with an investigator from the office of the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal. This investigation remained open as of press time on the morning of June 12.

The fire was very noticeable from a distance, Kuykendall said.

“You could see the smoke billowing out from the building while driving,” he said.

The fire chief said although the group of firefighters made it to the site quickly, it was already too late. The fire had already vented through the roof and the building was a total loss, Kuyendall said.

The fire may have started around 5:00 p.m., but it went well through the night.

Kuykendall said it slowed down a little, but he did not get to release some of the firefighters until 11:30 p.m.



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