Fire Destroys 12 Units At Apartment Complex In Northwest Oklahoma City
Nobody was hurt after a massive fire destroyed a northwest Oklahoma City apartment building.
Around 1:30 p.m. Friday, dispatchers received a call of a lower level balcony fire at Walkers Station Apartments, located at 2600 Tealwood Dr.
When firefighters arrived, the building was completely engulfed in flames. The building is made up of 12 units.
“Firefighters did make their way inside and they were driven back out very quickly because of the amount of fire that was present,” said Battalion Captain Benny Fulkerson of the Oklahoma City Police Department. “At that time, we called for a third alarm because of a large potential of a loss for life.”
One building in the path of smoke was evacuated as a precaution.
Crews went into defensive mode, dumping as much water as possible from above.
Chris Velte lives in an adjacent building. She was in the shower while it all unfolded.
“My cat started meowing louder and louder than normal, so I got out with a towel and looked out the window and firemen were running all around,” said Velte.
Smoke could be seen for miles throughout the city. Apartment management called Janie Patrick at work to tell her that her apartment was on fire.
“It’s very sad but all of us are like a community here so everyone was kind of holding on to everybody,” said Patrick. “We'll be okay.”
“I was leaving tomorrow morning for a Florida trip and my suitcase and bags are packed and ready to go,” Patrick said. “I’m (still) going, I can’t go back in there so maybe (I’ll go on) a quick shopping trip.”
The Red Cross met with fire victims following the fire to help with the recovery process.