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Fire damages several units; faulty heater suspected

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OKLAHOMA CITY—The cold weather may be to blame for a fire that damaged several units in a local apartment complex Saturday afternoon.

Fire crews were called out to the 7000 block of S. Walker after residents and motorists reported visible smoke and flames pouring out the complex just before 1 p.m.

When they arrived, they say the smoke and flames were so heavy they had trouble just getting inside.

It took them about 10 minutes to get the blaze under control but not before several other units were evacuated.

“I come back to get my camera and the apartment two doors down was on fire and I ran in and got my Christmas items and my TV and personal pictures,” said one neighbor. “I couldn’t believe it. It’s just bad.”

Many of the units received a bit of smoke damage and some residents will be moved into another part of the complex until their homes are repaired.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire but believe it may have started with a heating unit.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire.