Rival schools lend football gear to Oklahoma team after fire

The sign to the Little Axe High School football team’s locker room is seen after a damaging fire in Little Axe, Oklahoma, Aug. 23, 2016.


LITTLE AXE, Okla. -- Several Oklahoma schools are providing equipment and gear to a rival high school football team whose locker room caught fire this week.

The fire caused significant damage to helmets, jerseys, pads, cleats and other gear inside the field house locker room at Little Axe High School, about 25 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. The Norman Fire Department says it’s still investigating the cause of Monday’s blaze, but estimates the cost of the damage at $50,000 to $80,000.

The fire department says the blaze was contained to the locker room and that no one was hurt.

Little Axe Principal Barry Thomas tells CBS Oklahoma City affiliate KWTV that the school has been inundated with offers of help from schools that want to loan gear to the team this season.