Route 66 News

Fire destroys Bristow Motor Co. building

The historic Bristow Motor Co. building on Route 66 in Bristow, Okla., was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon, reported the Daily Oklahoman.

The building, built in 1923 at 500 N. Main St., was a Bolin Ford dealership.

The Tulsa World reports that one firefighter was injured, but not seriously. The fire began in a car in the repair shop, which then exploded and spread furiously.

Here’s a video from the scene.

The owners plan to rebuild, but it’s doubtful the distinctive architecture will remain the same.

Here’s a photo of the building, by the Oklahoma Historical Society, before the fire.

According to the society, it was the first automotive dealership in Creek County. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

UPDATE: More video from Channel 2 in Tulsa here.

More pictures of the fire are here.