Apartment Fire Leaves One Male In Critical Condition


Monday, May 18th 2020, 12:05 am
By: Hunter McKee


OKLAHOMA CITY -

A fire on the metro’s northwest side leaves one person in critical condition. 

Oklahoma City firefighters responded to a fire just before 9:45 Sunday morning near Northwest 39th Street and North Meridian Avenue.

The fire took place at an apartment complex, but the structure is a single-story duplex unit.

Debbie Weir is one of the complex's residents who stepped outside when she heard the sound of sirens.

“Things just don’t happen around here like that,” Weir said. “I was so shocked when I was going to leave and all of the emergency vehicles were here.”  

Officials on the scene were able to knock down the fire quickly and found an adult male inside.

“They located the victim,” Oklahoma City Fire Department Shift Commander Sean Cobb said. “They found the victim, moved that victim to the outside through the back of the building and immediately started advance life support.”

Cobb said the victim is in critical condition at this time and received care for advanced life support. The male was transported by EMSA to Baptist Medical Center. 

“It could have been a whole lot worse. It could have involved a lot more people,” Weir said. “There’s trees everywhere, even up on the roofs. It could have been that.”

The department says no one else was injured but are working the scene as a possible fatality.

“We are treating it as if it’s going to be a fatality fire. We hope that that’s not the case,” Cobb said. “If it does become a fatality, we’re going to treat it and investigate it as such.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.