Fire crews investigating after high rise apartment fire in downtown OKC

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Firefighters are investigating after a fire at a high rise apartment building in downtown Oklahoma City.

Crews were called to The Regency Tower Apartments near North Hudson Ave. and Northwest 5th St. on Sunday morning.

According to Capt. David Macy with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, the call came in around 8:40 a.m.

"Once we were on the scene, we found that we had a working fire in the trash chute. The trash chute runs here runs from the ground floor up to the top floor," Capt. Macy said.

The building is 24 floors high. Due to its size, Macy said the response was equivalent to a five-alarm fire with multiple fire crews on the scene.

"That was part of the problem that hampered us a lot bit was being able to clear that trash where that blockage was at. Somewhere around the third or fourth where we believe that blockage was at, so getting that trash cleared out so we could allow the water that we were putting in from the upper floors to travel all the way through the basement and assure that we had that fire out took a little bit of time," he explained.

Residents including Nina Slaney were evacuated and later allowed to re-enter the building once it was safe.

"My dogs kind of started acting weird and as soon as I got up to see if something strange was going on, our alarm starting going off so I opened the door to see how bad it was," Slaney said. "When I opened the door, the whole hallway was full of smoke and you couldn’t see anything."

Slaney lives on the 19th floor and had no time to grab anything but her dogs.

"I was barefoot. 100 percent barefoot. Someone else from the building gave me a pair of socks to wear, and I looked like an absolute mess and I had my dogs, and we were just booking it," she said. "Everyone is really friendly living here and today kind of amplified that. Got to meet knew people that we’ve never met before which was."

Beverly Henderson was also among those who spent part of their Sunday mornings outside.

"I work here part time as concierge, so I came down to assist. I was checking to make sure we had those that were elderly and needed assistance that we had them all accounted for and those that we weren’t able to assist ourselves, I gave the list to firemen and they assisted with bringing them down," Henderson said. "I do thank the Oklahoma City firemen for their quick responses and their diligence."

No injuries have been reported at this time. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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