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“Windows were blowing out,” Residents rescued following early morning apartment fire

OKLAHOMA CITY - Crews rescued several residents early Wednesday morning from an apartment fire.

Just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday, crews responded to the fire at the apartment complex near N.W. 16th and MacArthur.

"Windows were blowing out. It was like a, just like a bomb in here or something," Krystal Merritt told News 4.

Merritt said it feels like a bad dream.

"Social Security cards, bank cards, everything is gone. The whole place is like completely gutted. I can't believe it. I cannot believe this," Merrit told News 4.

Her apartment was destroyed in the fire. She said she woke up to flames in her closet.

After trying to tackle the blaze herself, Merritt said she and her husband both made it out safely.

"I feel very blessed," she said.

According to fire officials, when they got to the scene, they had to rescue several residents who were hanging from a balcony.

"We actually evacuate the one building with the eight units. There was heavy smoke going down the breezeway. Occupants had their doors open, so smoke got into the apartments," said Battalion Chief Cathy Hayes, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

The first started on the first floor and then spread to the second floor.

Officials said the frigid temperatures didn't help.

"Everything runs a lot slower when it's this cold out, you know, our rigs and just us functioning on the fire ground," Hayes said.

Even with that obstacle, they got everyone out safely. Only one person was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

However, for residents like Merritt who lost everything, it's still a hard reality to accept.

"I don't know what we're going to do," Merritt said.