1 man in critical condition, several families lose homes in apartment fire

OKLAHOMA CITY – A man is in critical condition and many families are displaced after a vicious fire burned through an apartment complex in Northwest Oklahoma City.

When crews arrived on scene, flames were already 40 feet high.

Tall flames and smoke, poured out of the Heritage Park Apartments, near 122nd and Penn.

Within minutes some families lost everything.

“I’m a little distraught. I’m a soon to be father any day now and It looks like I lost everything,” said Mario McCottrell.

Mario McCottrell’s family made it out safe, but their belongs are gone.

He said he was awakened by noise outside his apartment.

“I thought there was a tassel some sort of a fight going on but unfortunately when I looked out the window I saw the smoke and a gentleman jump,” said McCottrell.

Crews rescued a man from a second story unit; he was rushed to the hospital for smoke inhalation in critical condition.

“It was real smoky he was mumbling around. He did have to use our assistance to get out,” said Deputy Chief Marc Woodard with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

The roof of the apartment building caved in and officials said four units have fire damage and two units have smoke damage.

“It makes you think about what’s going on, it makes you think about a lot of things, but hopefully they’re alright but you just got to think for the best, hope for the best, “said Damon Herbert.

Many residents lost everything and will have to start over.

“I’ll use my resources, but I know I’ll be able to get it done, that’s the one thing about being a father, I’ll get it done,’ said McCottrell.

Officials said the cause of this fire is unknown but doesn’t appear to be suspicious.

The McCottrell family is being assisted by the Red Cross along with other families displaced.

If you’d like to help the McCotrells, please call the station at (405)478-6395 or email 4@kfor.com and we will put you in contact with them.