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South Tulsa apartment residents displaced after fire

Firefighters responded around 8:30 a.m. to the Sand Dollar Apartments near 61st and Riverside and reportedly found flames coming out of the building. (KTUL)

Several south Tulsa residents will be displaced after an apartment complex building caught fire Tuesday.

“It’s scary scary as hell; life can be gone like that," said resident Paul Brownlee.

Paul Brownlee was asleep when firefighters started banging on his door.

Crews were battling smoke and flames just a few units down at Sand Dollar apartments off 61st and Riverside.

Brownlee works nights and usually sleeps during the day.

“If someone hadn’t noticed it no telling what would have happened," said Brownlee.

But getting to the flames wasn’t easy.

The challenge for firefighters was putting out the flames in what we’re told is a tightly packed complex with at least 32 homes inside

Fire crews had to bust down the wall that separates some of the units to get to the fire.

Only 8 units were damaged but several others lost power.

Investigators believe an electrical problem caused the fire.

“If we can’t isolate that power safely we’ll have to displace the whole building for awhile," said Tulsa Fire Captain Stan May

Meanwhile the complex is helping those displaced find somewhere to live.

“It just depends on the magnitude of the situation," said May.

If they cannot find them a spot we’re told the Red Cross will be able to help.

No one in any of the apartments were injured.

Firefighters responded around 8:30 a.m. to the Sand Dollar Apartments near 61st and Riverside and reportedly found flames coming out of the building. Residents were evacuated while crews put out the fire.

A spokesman for the Fire Department say residents in as many as 32 units could end up displaced from the fire due to power issues. PSO is at the complex working to resolve the situation.

No injuries were reported from the fire.

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