Oklahoma City fire crews battle a large condo fire at NW 145th and Penn.
The Quail Springs Condominiums complex is north of Memorial and Penn, east of Quail Springs Mall.
The property manager tells NewsChannel 4, Building 16 is the unit on fire and it started on a balcony and has moved into the attic.
The fire was declared it a four-alarm fire and the City reported about 62 firefighters were on scene.
Two hours of fighting as residents stood by and watched their homes become engulfed in smoke and flames.
Firefighters say things quickly got out of their control.
“It started on a balcony. It spread immediately into the attic. We had difficulty accessing all the parts of the attic we needed to,” says Battalion Chief Steve Lumry. “The wind was able to blow right through the attic area to give the fire all the oxygen it needed to grow rapidly.”
What it left behind was devastated, but luckily no injuries and everyone was evacuated just in time.
Firefighters were even able to rescue a dog and two kittens.
Amanda Miller was still in the building as the fire grew but she couldn’t tell.
“I didn’t suspect anything was going on,” says Miller. “A fireman just broke down my door and started yelling at me to get out as fast I can!”
Miller says she was able to grab her dog but nothing else.
All of her belongings and Christmas presents now gone.
“Everything else can be replaced I guess,” says Miller. “It just sucks that it happened on New Year’s Eve. Just got through with Christmas and now everything we got for Christmas is just gone!”
There were more than 16 residents occupying the building that firefighters say very well could be a total loss.