Clarification: The building was previously reported to be a hotel. It is actually an apartment complex with a hotel attached. The apartment complex portion is on fire.
OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City Fire Department crews are working to extinguish a blaze at a large luxury apartment complex that was under construction.
The five-story apartment complex, located at NW 63rd and Western and called The Canton at Classen Curve, ignited in flames at around 7 p.m.
KFOR photojournalist Jordan Bickerstaff captured photos of the blaze, which burned across the top of the structure.
It is currently unknown what ignited the fire.
Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson told KFOR that the structure had electricity going, but no gas.
Crews used ladder trucks to climb high and battle large flames burning on the building’s rooftop.
Rubber on the roof that Fulkerson described as a material that doesn’t respond well to water when there’s a fire exacerbated the situation, the battalion chief said.
The 80-90 firefighters at the scene will likely be battling the blaze into the night, and one floor might be lost, Fulkerson said.
KFOR crew witnessed large pieces falling from the top of the building, including a balcony.
The blaze grew larger into the night and was classified a five-alarm fire.
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.
This is a developing situation. More information will be provided once available.