Three-alarm fire keeps Oklahoma City crews busy

A strip-mall on Classen and NW 30th was severely damaged this morning by a fire that burned for almost an hour before crews could put out the flames.
By Megan Rolland Published: January 1, 2011
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More than 50 firefighters spent the first hours of the New Year battling a blaze that damaged most of a two-story strip mall at 3023 N Classen Blvd.

The fire began at about 1:21 a.m. today in the upper stories of the strip mall. As the fire grew, more crews were added to the scene.

“Part of the roof collapsed while crews were inside, so due to the danger and the heavy fire load, they pulled everyone out of the building,” Oklahoma City Fire Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland said.

Crews sprayed jets of water from extended ladders onto the structure until the fire went out almost an hour later. Water froze as it ran to the street creating slippery and hazardous conditions for the firefighters trying to fight the blaze.

Stanaland said it was a busy day for the fire department with eight structure fires from 7 a.m. Friday until 5 this morning. One man died in a recreational vehicle fire Friday morning at 5718 N Anderson Road.

The name of the victim had still not been released this morning, and the fire remains under investigation, Stanaland said.