TULSA - An apartment fire early Thursday morning could easily have spread if not for the quick action of a tenant who realized what was going on and called 911.
Michael Johnson lives upstairs from the apartment where the fire started around 7:30 a.m. at the Fountain Crest Apartments near E. 71st St. and S. Wheeling Ave.
He told KRMG at the scene he'd just gotten home from work and had laid down to sleep when he heard his smoke alarm going off.
Initially, he disabled the alarm, thinking it had malfunctioned.
But he kept smelling smoke, and when he went to go outside to take a look his door was hot to the touch.
At that point, he noticed his windows turning black with soot and called 911.
He then went downstairs to pound on the door where the fire was, but the woman who lives there wasn't home.
He went around to knock on other doors and alert neighbors until firefighters arrived.
"It was just a natural instinct, you know," he told KRMG, "to get myself out and everybody else out."
No one was hurt.
Fire damage was limited to the one apartment, though a couple other units suffered smoke damage.
The cause is under investigation.