Families displaced after apartment fire in Oklahoma City, arson could be to blame

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Dozens of people were forced to evacuate their homes after an apartment building in southwest Oklahoma City went up in flames.

Witnesses recall someone running from the scene at the start of the blaze, and fire officials are looking into arson as a possible cause.

Signs are posted around the Oak Creek Apartments, near S.W. 59th & Western, offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for this fire.

"I don't feel safe around here," said Mark Gilbert, who lives in the complex.

Eight units were destroyed and there's about $150,000 worth of damage.

The fire broke out just before midnight and nearly 40 residents were forced to evacuate.

"Loud banging on the door, get out, get out!" said Cindy Rule.

Cindy Rule and her dog, Zoe, lost their home.

"It's overwhelming to think that everything is gone and makes you wish you had renters insurance, for sure," said Rule.

Residents say mattresses that were stored in the breezeway were set on fire.

"We do have a witness saying they thought they saw someone leaving the scene. This particular building has burned before, so it is suspicious by nature," said Batt. Chief Al Cothran, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

"I've heard rumors that there's a homeless guy that started fires on one of the mattresses, but I don't know," said Rule.

For residents whose apartments are still standing, they worry about their neighbors who were left without a place to call home.

"I feel sorry for them. I hope they can find someplace safe for the children's sake and stuff. God be with them," said Gilbert.

Six families are displaced and the Red Cross is assisting those residents.

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