TULSA, Okla. — The Memorial Drive Church of Christ has issued a statement regarding the most recent structure fire:
The Memorial Drive Church of Christ was notified in the early morning hours of a new fire in its previously fire-damaged building.
We are heartbroken by reports that two individuals found in our building have died.
We extend our heartfelt sympathies to and prayers for their family, friends, and acquaintances.
We also extend our profound gratitude and prayers for well-being to the first responders who responded to the fire and bravely rushed inside to try to save those two lives.
We don’t know the cause for today’s fire, which remains under investigation.
Since the first fire in July, the building has remained unsafe for any occupation or use and has been sealed and fenced, with appropriate warning signage displayed.
While we understand that many in our community need and are seeking shelter, especially this time of year, we strongly urge everyone to obey the warnings and stay out of the building for their own safety.”
UPDATE: Tulsa Fire Department officials confirmed that both people that were pulled from a church fire Friday morning have died.
Nearly 50 Tulsa firefighters and multiple engines responded to a church fire Friday morning near 7th and Memorial.
Tulsa fire received the call a little before 1:30 a.m.
Andy little with TFD said two people were pulled from the church and taken to the hospital.
Emergency personnel performed CPR and chest compression on one of the victims at scene.
The extent of their injuries are still unknown but Little says they do have significant smoke inhalation.
He believes they were in there trying to stay warm.
Firefighters had to be cautious entering the church.
The bulk of the flames were on the second floor and in the attic.
The roof was sinking in spots making it dangerous for fire crews.
“Firefighters have been in and out," said Little. "Fire has broken through the roof multiple times and they keep kind of knocking it down, knocking it down but we’ve got fires hidden in the crawl spaces and in the attic area.”
This is the second time this church has caught on fire..
The first time was back in July.
The initial fire is why the church is currently sitting vacant.
No firefighters were injured in the fire.
The cause of the fire is still unknown until investigators are able to check it out.
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