TULSA, Okla. — An apartment fire left nearly two dozen families looking for a place to say, one firefighter injured, and one person in custody early Thursday morning.
The fire destroyed 24 units at Cobblestone Apartments near 51st and Memorial, but all the residents and several animals were able to get out of their apartments, according to the Tulsa Fire Department. One firefighter slipped on some water and fell from the third floor to the second. The firefighter injured his ankle.
Tulsa Fire Public Information Officer Andy Little says residents told TFD there was a party and the suspect asked to leave. The residents then said the suspect then came back and started the fire. Tulsa Fire Investigators arrested Shawn Carnahan on complaints of arson and endangering lives.
“Reported heavy flames and fire showing from the center of the stairwell spreading up to the roof. We initiated a quick search and rescue and removed all the occupants from the structure," says Matlock. "The fire had already broken through the roof so we went to a defensive mode to contain it to the building of origin. We had good success of containing to the building and we evacuated all units.”
Matlock says the Red Cross is helping find a place for the displaced residents.
Each one of us here at TMC Property Management would like to thank Tulsa firefighters and first responders for their response to this morning’s fire at Cobblestone Apartments, 7643 East 51st Street in Tulsa. It was amazing to watch the first responders come together to support our residents. We are grateful.
The fire affected 24 apartments, 22 of which were occupied. We are happy to report no residents were injured.
We are working to place all residents affected by the fire in a unit at Cobblestone Apartments or at one of TMC Property Management’s other properties. We want to make sure our residents have somewhere safe to live while they deal with their loss of personal property.
The American Red Cross is also offering emergency services including $513 per resident. TMC Property Management’s parent company, Jamison Management Company, is matching those donations. Together, The American Red Cross and Jamison Management Company is providing over $20,000 in relief funds to 46 displaced residents.
We would also like to thank the many local companies that have stepped in to help. Bank First at 61st & Memorial is providing a monetary donation of $200 per resident. Common Ground Church is donating clothes, shoes and other supplies to displaced families and has been dropping them off all day. BG Multi Family Staffing agency has provided lunch for the families. Also, ASAP Security stepped in to secure the building and has donated diapers for families with babies. Other local businesses that provided support to our residents include Paul Davis Restoration, Abbott Construction Services, Superior Pest Control, State Farm, and many others. To each of our community partners, we are thankful for your help and partnership.
We are working with local law enforcement, firefighters and other first responders to provide any information they need.
We are collecting donations to help our residents and families. Several of them have babies, children and pets. Please help us take care of them by donating any of the items below at Cobblestone Apartments, 7643 E. 51st Street Tulsa, OK 74146. Thank you for your help. We have also listed this on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CobblestoneTulsa [facebook.com]
Thank you to the Tulsa community for your support.
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