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Neighbors save each other from morning fire

OKLAHOMA CITY – A Wednesday morning apartment fire made heroes out of two residents who braved thick smoke to save their neighbors.

Jonette Hill could only think of warning other residents after her neighbor knocked on her door before 3 a.m. and told her there was a fire in their building at the Mayfair Garden Apartments.

“All I thought about was going upstairs and getting my two neighbors,” Hill said. “And by the time I opened the door the smoke was so bad I couldn’t even see, but I had to go upstairs.”

While the neighbor who warned her called the fire department, Hill grabbed her dog and raced through the smoke to warn two upstairs neighbors threatened by the fire.

Because of Jonette and her neighbor, everyone made it out of the building safely.

Fire crews arrived a short time later and made short work of the flames.

“[Firefighters] were able to make an aggressive interior attack and stop the fire to keep it from progressing and destroying any more of the building,” Battalion Chief Mike Walker said.

Walker added most of the damage done to the four apartments was from smoke, not fire.

“A potential disaster was averted by good actions from the citizens,” Walker said.

Hill said the people living in her building are more than just neighbors to each other.

“I’ve lived here for a year and we’re very close in this unit. We’re all – we’re like family,” Hill said.

Firefighters have yet to determine the cause of the fire.

Neighbors in all four apartments will have to relocate.