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Overnight fire in south Tulsa leaves several families homeless
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Overnight fire in south Tulsa leaves several families homeless

Overnight fire in south Tulsa leaves several families homeless
Photo Credit: Shelby Travis

Overnight fire in south Tulsa leaves several families homeless

While you were sleeping last night the Tulsa Fire Department responded to a fire near 71st and Riverside at the Red River Apartments.

When crews arrived they found a second story unit on the west end of the complex in flames.

They quickly extiguished the fire, but not before causing water damage to the unit below.

Firefighters don’t yet know the cause, but they tell KRMG that nine adults and six children were affected by the blaze.

The fire had 71st street westbound shut down for nearly 2 hours overnight while police, firefighters and EMSA were all on the scene.

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