A massive apartment fire in northwest Oklahoma City left more than a dozen families homeless.
The fire started Wednesday night inside one of the buildings at the Pheasant Run apartment complex located near NW 63 Street and Meridian Avenue.
Alma Garcia was home watching cartoons with her two young boys when she first heard it.
“We could hear just the crackling of the wood,” she remembers.
She thought someone was just cooking outside but the crackling sound got louder. Then she felt it.
“As I get close to the firewall that we have to divide the unit, it just sounded louder, and when I put my hand there, it was hot,” she said.
Her instincts told her to grab her two young boys and get out. That's when she saw the raging fire consuming her apartment building. Firefighters battled the three alarm blaze Wednesday night where flames were seen from the ground shooting up through the roof.
“It's hard when you're a single mom and you work two jobs to provide everything that you can for your kids and everything is gone in minutes,” Garcia said.
From the heavy flames to the charred remains, there’s nothing left of what was once home to 19 families.
“I know the rest of the stuff is materialistic that can be replaced but it's just hard going through this,” she said.
Garcia is now living at a nearby hotel with her two children, but she says donations from friends and strangers are helping her get by.
“People are pulling through hard helping me out and I’m very grateful for that,” she said.
The apartment complex is working to put all displaced families in new units. Garcia hopes to be in her new apartment sometime this week. Still no word on what caused the fire.
If you would like to leave donations for the families, you can bring them to the Pheasant Run rental office located at 6100 N. Meridian Avenue.