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Volunteer firefighter runs into burning house Saturday evening, residents safely escape

Posted at 5:08 PM, Nov 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-27 14:41:21-05

TULSA -- “He didn’t have proper equipment he didn’t have anything, but he had guts.”

 Michelle Crane said she immediately called 911 after seeing smoke coming out of a house on 92nd East Avenue. But before firefighters arrived, she saw a volunteer firefighter already going in to help.

“I mean that guy was really strong, he ripped that metal gate like it was no big deal,” said Crane.

Police said a 14 year-old girl told them she was home alone with her two dogs when the fire broke out.

“The fire started in the girls bedroom, according to her. And quickly got out of control, she didn’t really know what else to do, but grab the dogs and get out,” said Tulsa Police Officer Billy Burson.

 Investigators said the home experienced $50,000 worth of damage from the fire.

“Smoke will do most the damage I’m sure,” said Burson.

 Crane said she’s just glad the courageous volunteer firefighter and the people who were home are safe.

“For one thing it made me feel really good that the community cared enough about this house standing over here on the corner to see what they could go do. But at the same time I was fearing for their lives,” said Crane.

Firefighters said a woman and three kids are now displaced after the house fire. The Red Cross is assisting them. Investigators said the cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

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