TULSA, Okla. — More than 80 Tulsa firefighters responded to an apartment fire in south Tulsa early Thursday morning.
At around 6 a.m., firefighters received a call about a fire spreading quickly at Coventry Park near South Memorial and 63rd Place.
Walter Arzu lives in the affected building and he says he and his family barely made it out.
“I was woken up by my loving father and he had told us fire and I started coughing and smelling the smoke and I have asthma and that’s a problem," said Arzu. "I was scared for a second, I threw on shorts and we went outside and when you look to your left you can see the whole building on fire and the roof on fire. It was frightening.”
When firefighter crews arrive on the scene, they could see heavy smoke and flames coming from the roof.
“The initial reports were we had people inside the building with their pets. They went inside to fight the fire, they were actually inside for a total of about 10 minutes then conditions went south really quickly so we had to pull our crews out and go to a defensive operation," District Fire Chief Jose Ariza explains.
Ariza says three people were injured in this fire. Two residents sustained minor burns. Another resident actually jumped from her second-story balcony and hurt her back.
All three were treated on the scene.
Dorothy Reed lives in the complex a couple of buildings away. She says she woke up to lights and initially thought the smoke filling the sky was fog.
“I just feel so bad for those people because those apartments are completely gone," Reed says.
This fire has been classified as a two-alarm fire. At this time, the cause is unknown and the fire marshal is currently investigating the fire.
This is a developing situation and we'll continue to update as we learn more.
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