Man punches through window to try to save roommate during apartment fire in northwest Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Residents safely evacuated their building following an apartment fire on Tuesday morning. One resident even punched through a window to try to save his roommate.

It happened around 9 a.m. at an apartment complex near N.W. 36th and Meridian.

“When we got here, there was a pretty good amount of smoke showing from the downstairs unit,” said Batt. Chief Benny Fulkerson with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

“Kind of scared, not gonna lie,” said Pedro Salazar, who lives in the apartment where the fire likely started. “Every time I get a foot up, something happens.”

The fire destroyed everything Salazar and his roommate own.

“I couldn’t breathe. So, I woke up, and I’m like what’s going on. I couldn’t see anything and, then, I knew something was up,” Salazar said. “Then, I see the kitchen was on fire, and no one was cooking because we’re bachelors. We all microwave stuff.”

Salazar said he safely made his way outside and, then, he panicked – thinking his roommate was still inside.

“I ran over here, thinking he was still in there and put my fist through the window, and no answer,” Salazar said. “So, I think he’s gone and, then, I see him coming this way behind me.”

Both are okay, besides a cut on Salazar’s hand from the window.

Many of the residents tell News 4 they never heard smoke alarms, and this isn’t a first.

“The last time, the last fire that was over here, it did the same thing,” said Kevin Holmes. “No fire things went off. So, I don’t know. I don’t understand.”

“Each individual unit should have its own smoke alarms, and we didn’t hear any,” Fulkerson said. “Now, the smoke may not have been thick enough in the adjacent units for that to have activated those.”

That is something crews will investigate.

At the end of the day, people who live at the complex are thankful everyone made it out alive.

“These are my friends, and I don’t want anyone hurt at all,” Salazar said.

Fire crews rescued two dogs and a cat from the building.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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