Rescued from Old Building …
After Stairs Collapse
9/15/2021 10: 46 AM PT
10: 44 AM PT — Reba tells us, “While my team and I were in Atoka, OK yesterday checking out an old historical building, a staircase collapsed. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. We were safely evacuated from the building thanks to the quick response from the Atoka fire and police departments.”
Reba McEntire got the cat-stuck-in-a-tree treatment from a fire department in Oklahoma — except the trunk she’d gone up was actually a pretty ancient building with a caved-in staircase.
The country singer was one of 7 people rescued Tuesday by authorities in Atoka, OK. Reba and a pal were touring a historic site — the building’s at least 100 years old — when it partially crumbled inside.
Emergency Management Director Travis Mullins tells us … the building was in the middle of being renovated when this happened — the dilapidated stairs were already scheduled to be replaced. No word on why anyone was actually let inside, if that was the case.
Close call for @reba in Atoka, Oklahoma Tuesday (9/14/21) Sure glad she and boyfriend Rex Linn are ok!
While touring an old building, a staircase collapsed. They were among seven people inside. Atoka’s finest came to the rescue.
No one hurt, just some bumps and bruises. pic.twitter.com/ppLhQOLDuA
Anyway, Reba and co. were, luckily, just on the second floor when the stairs collapsed … leaving them stuck up there, and requiring an old-fashioned ladder rescue. Video of the incident shows firefighters safely leading her and others down through the window.
Reba and co. were mostly okay … one person was transported to a hospital with minor injuries. After the fact, officials said that not only did the 2nd story stairs topple down, but the ones leading up to the 3rd story did as well … trapping others higher up at the time.
Obviously, this could’ve been much worse than it turned out … especially for Reba. Indeed, she is a survivor.
Originally Published — 7: 04 AM PT