Abandoned apartment complex known for catching fire sets ablaze again

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Fire crews responded to a fire at an apartment complex in northwest Oklahoma City.

The fire started blazing at N.W. 10th St. and Greenvale, near Rockwell and Council, around 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

When crews arrived, they said there were "heavy flames," so they immediately took a defensive approach.

"When we arrived on scene, we had a two story apartment complex fully involved. So with the history of the apartments over here, being set on fire or catching on fire several times..." Chief Cathey Hayes, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, trailed off.

Authorities say the apartment complex is vacant, and has been known to catch fire before.

“It is a nuisance.  A lot of vagrants live in there and 2 or 3 times a year there’s a fire in there,” said neighbor Joey Swearingen back in 2014.

With the building already having lots of structural damages from previous fires, safety becomes an even bigger concern.

"It concerns us, it concerns the citizens, because we don't want to see anybody hurt," Hayes said.

"I seen a lot of people set these on fire for a long time. I'm just glad nobody hurt because I know a lot of homeless people stay here, " neighbor Joshua Bland said.

Those who live near the eye sore say it's time for it to go.

"I just hope they do something different with these apartments. What's the point of them staying built up when all they do is gettin' teared down," neighbor Rena Frazier said.

"I wish they would just tear it down and just build something new," Bland said.

The official cause of the fire is still under investigation. But officials say that since there is no electricity in any of the buildings, it is likely that someone set the fire today.

 

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