Deadly Oklahoma Wildfire Destroys Nearly 40 Homes

08/13/2011 03:33 pm ET | Updated Oct 13, 2011

TERLTON, Okla. -- Oklahoma officials say a wildfire destroyed nearly 40 homes, causing up to $20 million in damage. One person has been found dead.

Dozens of firefighters were needed to fight a blaze that started Sunday and quickly gained strength. It took two days for crews to bring the fire under control.

One person was found dead Thursday inside a home that burned. Frank Edgar of Terlton told KOKI-TV on Friday it was his brother, 81-year-old Hollis Edgar. He says his brother ignored a sheriff's warnings to evacuate his home because he thought he would be safe.

Frank Edgar says his home was spared but his family's old home burned. He says embers were flying through the air and everywhere they touched, flames would follow.