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Residents displaced after apartment fire in south Tulsa

Posted at 9:50 AM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 18:39:15-04

TULSA — Dozens of residents are without a home after a massive fire ripped through a Tulsa apartment complex near 51st and Memorial Friday morning.

Tulsa Fire Department officials said the fire was started by someone who was smoking on their balcony..

Officials said 24 apartments have been left uninhabitable because of the fire.

We do not know how many people are displaced, but we know no one was injured, and that's mostly thanks to the maintenance worker for Cobblestone Apartments. We are told he ran around banging on people's doors to wake them up.

Flames were shooting out of the three-story building when firefighters arrived.

Residents sat by watching, and some were visibly upset, mostly because their pets were unaccounted for.

While crews were putting out the fire, they were able to rescue a dog named Barron, whose owner was at work but relieved to see him.

"The first thing that came to my mind was 'was my dog was OK?'" resident Marcus Allen said. "I am sad that a lot of my valuables were lost, but I'm glad he's OK."

Officials said one pet was lost in the fire.

Residents have not been able to see if their units on the other end of the building were damaged.

Crews said the firewall was intact, which helped stop the fire.

Firefighters have been up on the third floor of the building spraying water from the inside and pulling out debris.

Red Cross is providing support for those displaced through food, clothing and lodging vouchers.

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