DEL CITY, Okla. – A cooking accident is likely the cause of an early-morning apartment fire, according to Del City fire officials.
It happened just after 2:30 a.m., at the Oakridge Village apartments near South Bryant and S.E. 29th Street.
"Crews arrived on scene had heavy flames, smoke showing from one of the units, one of the downstairs units extending to the upstairs,” Chief Brandon Pursell with the Del City Fire Department said.
The fire forced people to quickly evacuate the building.
"When crews arrived on scene we did have some occupants on the upper side of the breeze-way and upstairs apartments trying to get out of the windows and some of the residents actually had moved the vehicles a little bit closer so they could get down on top of an SUV or van,” Pursell said.
Three people were hurt. Thankfully, there were no life-threatening injuries.
Fire officials believe a cooking accident is to blame for the blaze.
"She had some cognitive challenges. She was either cooking or doing something and the fire got away from her. Looked like she tried to extinguish it. She had some pretty significant burns,” Pursell said. "There are eight units in this entire building. Two of them sustained pretty significant fire damage and two other sustained smoke damage.”
Fire crews are still investigating to determine if the building had working smoke detectors. However, Pursell said he did hear alarms going off in the surrounding buildings at the time of the fire.
"I think one of the contributing factors was the cognitive aspect of the situation. So, could have been a lot worse,” Pursell said.
OKC fire crews were called in to assist Del City crews.