Cause of Tulsa apartment fire determined to be accidental

TULSA - Investigators have determined an apartment fire Tuesday night in midtown Tulsa was accidental.

Six people sustained injuries from the fire at Bradstone Apartments near 12th and South Peoria around 9 p.m.

One resident told 2NEWS the fire started in her apartment while she was taking a bath. She said she heard her smoke alarm go off and opened a door to find flames coming from the utility closet.

"I opened the door and flames were going off where the heater goes," said Delores Taylor. "I just feel like it's my fault. I didn't get them out fast enough. I ran to every door, I beat on every door and told them to get out. It took the fire department so long to get here."

The preliminary cause of the fire is listed as an accident related to the heater.

Investigators are still working to determine whether the heater malfunctioned or if something was in the way of the heater.

The final cause remains under investigation.

The apartment is managed by the Mental Health Association. Executive Director Mike Brose says the association is helping displaced residents find new places to live. 

The building contained 11 units, most of which received some sort of damage, but not all were destroyed.

2NEWS reporter Liz Bryant will have more on this story tonight at 5.

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