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Firefighters battle flames and heat


OKLAHOMA CITY — Flames engulfed a townhouse at an apartment complex Wednesday afternoon.  

Firefighters responded to the complex near May Ave. and Britton Rd. around 2 p.m.

Everyone inside the apartments evacuated.

“I heard some kids scream ‘Get out, get out’ and somebody knocked on the door and said, “It is in your apartment,'” Shawn Busby said.

Busby was sleeping when the fire started.

He ran up the stairs to find his room filled with smoke.

“I heard a loud pop like an electrical pop,” Busby said. 

When they arrived, firefighters said there was a problem with a nearby fire hydrant.  

Once they found a working hydrant, they were able to quickly put out the fire.

Fire officials said they sent out more firefighters on calls because of the  heat, allowing them to rotate more crews in and out.

“Even if they are in peak physical condition, it starts taking a toll on the body,” OKC Battalion Chief Mike Walker said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.