Update: Three-alarm fire under control at apartment complex in Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Crews are working to put out a three-alarm apartment fire in north Oklahoma City.

An apartment in the 14000 block of N. Penn, near Penn and Memorial, was engulfed in flames.

The ‘defensive fire’ started around 4 p.m.

A defensive fire means that the “flames were so extensive that [the firefighters] had to fight it from the exterior.”

When fire fighters arrived, they say flames were shooting out of the roof.

“When we got here, there were two separate apartments of the upper floor of this building that were totally involved. Also the balcony of one of those units. We’re wondering if maybe it started on the balcony, we’re still looking into that,” Fire Chief Benny Fulkerson, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said.

Officials say one man kicked down the door to see what was going on before the fie fighters arrived; he suffered smoke inhalation and is now being checked by EMSA.

There were no other injuries.

The start of the fire in still under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

 

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