Lighting Strike To Blame For Apartment Fire In Northeast OKC

Sunday, September 18th 2011, 9:23 am
By: News 9

Xin Xin Liu,

OKLAHOMA CITY – Fire crews say a lightning strike was to blame for a fire at the Meadow Ridge Apartments in Oklahoma City early Sunday morning.

According to Midwest City Fire Department, investigators have determined the apartment building, located at 1168 North Air Depot Boulevard, was hit by lightning as a storm passed through the area.

Midwest City fire chief says they were called to the apartments at 1:33 a.m. to find the attic fully engulfed in flames. At one point, fire crews backed off for fear the roof may cave in.

Officials say all eight units in the building were damaged. The second floor apartments were damaged by fire, and the ground level apartments were damaged by water and smoke.

Luckily, no residents were injured and they were able to get out of the apartments safely. However, one firefighter was injured when a ceiling collapsed on him. He was taken to Midwest Regional Medical Center where he was evaluated and treated.

According to the fire department, a total of 14 residents have been displaced. American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma is assisting with their relocations.

Total loss due to this fire is estimated at $750,000. None of the residents have renters insurance, according to the fire department.