Crews battle large “suspicious” commercial fire in northwest Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY - Fire crews battled a large commercial fire early Tuesday morning on N.W. 39th near Penn.

Thick smoke billowed over I-44 on Tuesday, just in time for the morning commute.

"A little before 5 o'clock this morning, we got a call from a passerby who said they had heavy fire coming through the roof of a building," said Batt. Chief Chad Everett with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

The smoke caused authorities to warn drivers to proceed with caution as crews battled the blaze.

"Right through here, our water mains aren't real good. So, we had a little bit of water issues just trying to get enough water on the fire to extinguish it," Everett said.

Crews even had to cut through a fence at one point to get the fire under control, according to fire officials.

"Looks suspicious, because there's no power to the building and it being open and vacant. Odds are it's going to be suspicious," Everett said.

What's left of the building is now demolished. Fortunately though, that was the plan all along.

"It used to be, I believe, an old female detention center that they've been in the process of tearing down for the last year, year and a half," Everett said.

The damages are estimated at $100,000.

The cause is still under investigation.