TULSA - An early morning fire sent flames shooting some thirty feet into the air, destroyed a number of units and left several people homeless early Wednesday morning in south Tulsa.
It happened about 1:30 a.m. at the Eagle Point Apartments near E. 71st St. and S. Sheridan Road.
Tulsa Fire Capt. Kofi Wallace told KRMG on the scene that in all, 16 units were affected.
Fourteen of those units were occupied.
The fire apparently started on the second floor on the south end of the building, possibly on a balcony.
It spread quickly and by the time firefighters arrived it had made its way to the roof and burned through, forcing TFD to deploy water cannons.
Once they knocked the fire down, Capt. Wallace told KRMG that they were able to attack the fire with handheld lines and extinguish the fire.
No one was injured, but residents of all 14 occupied units had to abandon their homes.
The Tulsa Chapter of the American Red Cross responded and helped them find shelter, food and clothing.
Wallace says four units were destroyed by fire, four more were heavily damaged by smoke and the eight units on the ground floor received extensive water damage.
Angela Manning, a resident of the ground floor, told KRMG that her dog "Lady" woke her up about 1:30 a.m.
"She started barking and she woke me up and I went into the living room," Manning said. "I could faintly hear the alarm going off...in the apartment next door and I could hear wood crackling, and fire."
She says she's concerned that her cat may not have made it out, despite the efforts of a man who tried to help her catch the frightened animal.
Investigators have not yet pinpointed a cause of the fire.