OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Firefighters continued fighting a massive apartment building fire on Wednesday that began Tuesday evening.
Around 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oklahoma City firefighters were called a fire at The Canton at Classen Curve, a five-story apartment building near N.W. 63rd and Western.
Officials say the fire has been extremely hard to put out, adding that a garage collapsed at one point. Crews believe the roofing material made it hard to contain the massive fire.
“Again, this is a very large complex that is being built. When we got here, there was basically smoke on the roof and a smaller amount of fire when we first arrived. But what we realized was the roofing material is a rubberized roofing material that basically it doesn’t go out well with water,” said Batt. Chief Benny Fulkerson, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
At one point, the blaze was classified as five-alarm.
Multiple agencies were called to the scene to help fight the fire throughout the night.
Even though fire crews battled the flames for more than 12 hours, heavy smoke could be seen billowing from the scene from miles away on Wednesday morning.
At this point, officials say roads are closed at N.W. 63rd and Western, N.W. 63rd and Grand, and Classen Curve.
The 326-room luxury apartment complex was scheduled to open sometime in the spring with rooms starting at 600 square feet, ranging from $1,100 to more than $4,000 a month.
“We are devastated at the loss of the Canton at Classen Curve project. At this time, we do not knowCMS Willowbrook Inc., general contractor of the project.
how the fire started. The building was 369,200 SF along with a 175,000 SF parking garage. The
building was not occupied since the project was under construction. To our knowledge, no reports of
injuries have been reported. We are extremely thankful for all of our firefighters and first responders
for their long hours and dedication.”
“We would like to thank the Oklahoma City Fire Department and other agencies for their rapid actions. We are grateful no injuries have been reported. Our general contractor, CMSWillowbrook, is responsible for the site and coordinating with local responders. We will fully cooperate with authorities during their investigation into the cause of the fire,” read a statement from Hines and Humphreys Capital, developers of the project.
Late Wednesday afternoon the Oklahoma City Fire Department said the demolition of the building will be the next phase. They will scale back their efforts but leave in place three aerial ladders, three engines and other resources.
The fire department says the cause of the fire is not known and is currently under investigation.
No records will be released pertaining to this incident while the investigation is ongoing.
The complex was valued at over $65 million and is a total loss.