Investigators Looking For Clues In Cause Of Deadly Guthrie Apartment Fire

Wednesday, November 19th 2014, 5:44 pm
By: Karl Torp

Investigators hope to learn more about an apartment complex fire that claimed the life of a 9-month-old baby girl after speaking with the toddler's parents.

Investigators believe the fire started in the same unit where the toddler lost their life, around 3 a.m. Wednesday

"Even if I had 50 folks on scene there's not a whole lot we could have done," said Guthrie Fire Chief, Eric Harlow.

Harlow said the eight-unit building was almost totally engulfed when crews arrived.

"I lost everything," said resident Starla Hitchcock.

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"There was no time," said neighbor Aubrey Shorr, who was yelling at people to jump to safety from the second story of the complex.

"I couldn't see, but you could hear them yelling helplessly," said Shorr.

Of the three people who jumped from the second story, two were admitted to the hospital.

Neighbors tell News 9 one of them was a woman who was eight weeks pregnant. That woman is expected to be OK.

The other person admitted to the hospital broke their leg, according to firefighters. The 9-month-old child has been identified as Harlem Lee.

Fourteen people, including little Harlem, were at the apartment complex on North Pine when the fire broke out. A fund has been set up to help the family of Harlem Lee.

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