TFD: About 60 people displaced by south Tulsa apartment fire
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
The Tulsa Fire Department responded to an apartment fire near East 15th Place and South Sheridan Road at the Leisure Manor Apartments around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Upwards of 60 people have to find somewhere to sleep tonight after the fire. Firefighters say there were no injuries.
There's no certainty as to what caused it, but officials say they have their suspicions. Dozens of residents scrambled as the smell of smoke filled the air.
"Can't even see out here it's so smokey," resident Nate Allen said.
"I was just laying on the couch, and I heard screaming, thinking maybe somebody was fighting," said another resident, Amy Hill.
"She said, 'Grandma, there a fire,' and I said, 'Where at?' She said, 'Around our apartment,'" Linda Leonard said.
When firefighters arrived, they found flames rolling out of a unit, and if that wasn't enough of a challenge, "the bigger concern, though, was we had a lot of electricity; we had arcing," said Bryan Lloyd with the fire department.
Firefighters believe electrical issues could have caused the fire.
"The maintenance crew had been working on the HVAC system and on some wiring earlier today. We're not sure that's the cause. It's currently under investigation," Lloyd said.
The fire damage was contained to the one unit, but a large number of residents were displaced because the entire building is on one electrical meter that has been turned off.
The Red Cross was on scene to help residents figure out what to do next.