Fire Breaks Out at Tulsa Apartments

Residents Jake Hilton and Lauren Cook made it out safely with their two cats.

More than 40 Tulsa firefighters responded to an apartment fire at the Pheasant Run apartments Friday night.

The apartments are located on the 1900 block of East 73rd Street.

Tulsa Fire Capt. Stan May said that firefighters had an "early jump on this one" due to several calls from residents who reported seeing and smelling smoke around 9:45 p.m. Friday.

When firefighters arrived there were heavy flames showing and a lot of smoke, said May. It took ten fire crews about 25 minutes to get it under control.

KTUL talked with two residents that were able to get out safely with their two cats, although they had trouble finding one of them at first.

Jake Hilton and Lauren Cook said that they were playing video games when they heard a fire alarm. They said they didn't realize the danger they were in, thinking the alarm was part of the game audio. "We saw the smoke and that's when we decided to get out, said Hilton.

When they tried to exit through the front door they were trapped and went to the back of the apartment where a neighbor provided them a vehicle to soften their jump down to safety.

Crews battled the fire in the attic and had to cut a ventilation hole in the roof due to the heat produced by the fire.

Fire investigators have been called to the scene.

Extensive damage was done to the upstairs apartment where the fire was centered and three or four other apartments affected by smoke and water damage.

A firewall seemed to successfully contain the smoke and fire to one side of the building according to May. He estimates about $100,000 of damage was done.