Vacant building in Tulsa explodes twice

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TULSA, Okla. — A building exploded not once, but twice in Tulsa on Friday.

A building near E. Admiral St. and N. Utica Ave. caught fire after a couple of explosions just after 6 p.m.

Firefighters worked to put out the hot spots, and they cleaned the massive amounts of glass from the streets.

“Our crews arrived to find heavy flames involved and significant structural damage,” BLANK said.

It took 15 trucks and 50 firefighters to contain the vacant building.

“The explosion was so big it rocked the entire house,” Belinda McCarty said.

McCarty lives two streets over from where the explosion happened.

“We thought something had landed in the yard, like an airplane or something. It was extremely loud, it was extremely violent,” she said.

Fire fighters were already on scene when the second explosion happened.

“Incident commander pulled everyone out, accounted for out personnel, no one was injured,” Capt. Jose Ariza said.

He and his team were still able to bat down the flames, and the fire was knocked down in minutes.

With no reported injuries, Oklahoma Natural gas arrived on the scene to investigate the cause.

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