OKLAHOMA CITY – Three people have been caught bootlegging power when their metro duplex caught fire. It happened just before 3:30 a.m. Monday at the garage-apartment on S.W. 25th near Western.
"Initially, the neighbors told our firefighters that it was unoccupied,” said Captain David Macy with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
Macy said that important piece of information quickly changed once crews started fighting the blaze.
"Once we started doing our search and fighting the fire, we found that there were actually three occupants that were there,” he said.
Macy said one of the occupants woke up to the heavy smoke and alerted the other two.
"There was a little bit of a language barrier, so we're unsure how exactly those folks were able to get out. It was reported that one or two of them went out of a window,” he said.
Investigators quickly learned the duplex had no electricity or gas.
However, officials said the three were stealing power from a nearby home using an extension cord.
"Very dangerous situation for those occupants by doing that,” Macy said. “But, fortunately, they were able to get out.”
The home didn’t have working smoke detectors either, according to officials.
“Smoke detectors are important. They save lives. You should check them. If you haven't checked them yet this year, check them today,” Macy said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
The three residents were treated for smoke inhalation, and one of them was treated for minor leg injuries.
Damages are estimated to cost $20,000.
If you find your smoke detectors doesn’t work, call 405-316-BEEP and the fire department will replace it for free.