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Fire destroys metro fourplex


OKLAHOMA CITY — A massive fire destroys a fourplex on the city’s southwest side, leaving at least one resident without a home.

The fire began around 10 a.m. near S.W. 32nd St. and Kentucky.

At least 30 firefighters were called to scene and took turns battling the flames because of soaring temperatures.

Officials said no one was hurt.

The fire partially spread to a house next-door and vehicle but completely destroyed the fourplex.

One victim, Michael Prouse, said he was one of only two residents who lived there.

He crawled out of the home after waking up to the smell of smoke and tried to put out the fire with a garden hose.

“Right then, I was fired up on adrenaline and it didn’t all sink in till about two hours later, but you know, everything I had was up in smoke,” Prouse said. “I’ll look for another place and start over again. I suppose it’s the only thing I can do.”

Prouse said he’s a disabled veteran and is now getting some help from the Red Cross.

Fire Department officials said the cause of the fire is unknown.

They said there was no electricity or gas running to that fourplex.