South Tulsa house explodes, catches fire; Tulsa Fire Dept. work to extinguish hot spots

Posted at 9:28 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-13 18:59:35-04

TULSA -- Crews were called to a late-night house fire that originated as an explosion in south Tulsa. 

The Tulsa Fire Department was still on scene Tuesday evening in an effort to monitor hotspots.

Fire officials say the house located at 8348 Vandalia Avenue caught fire around 9 o'clock.

When crews arrived on scene, they tell 2 Works for You there was very little anyone could do. The home was already fully engulfed in flames. 

Neighbors near the home say they didn't see the blast, but they felt it. After the blast, residents nearby knew something terrible happened.

“That was the first thing we said, if anybody was in that house, they're probably gone," said Shon McBride.

Firefighters are calling it a miracle that the person inside escaped with only a minor burn. A firefighter was also injured, hurting his leg while battling the flames.

Tuesday, crews were monitoring the home around the clock, saying there still not sure what could've caused the blast.

“There's insurance companies, gas companies, electric companies. They're securing all the utilities around here," said Capt. Jerry Sivadon with the Tulsa Fire Department.

Neighbors say crews have checked their lines as well, a massive response to tragedy that made an impression on neighbors.

“It's good to know they are prepared...I think Tulsa is very prepared. If that's any indicator because that was outstanding," said McBride.

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