A fire swept through a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex Tuesday, destroying six of the units.
About 3:45 p.m., firefighters went to Crown Pointe Apartments, 12600 N MacArthur.
Resident Leanna Broadfoot noticed the fire on her way home from work.
“I went to pick up my son at day care,” Broadfoot said. “I was hoping it wasn't the complex I live in, but the closer I got I could tell it was. It's not something you see every day. Hopefully everyone is all right.”
Amanda Schmidt said she has lived there about 10 months and lives across from the unit that caught fire.
“I was watching TV and then we saw fire trucks coming around the corner,” Schmidt said.
“It looked like it started in the middle unit and then spread to the others.”
Crews worked to get to the third story of the building with a ladder truck to douse the flames. Oklahoma City Deputy Fire Chief Cecil Clay said the apartments are equipped with a sprinkler system inside the units, but the system does not cover the attic. Clay said the fire quickly spread to that part of the building.
“We were able to cut the fire off at the third floor, keeping at least 18 units from being involved,” Clay said.
Clay said the roof of the top floor collapsed into the structure. He said investigators were on the scene but had not determined a cause Tuesday afternoon. There were no immediate damage estimates.
Clay said crews requested a boost in pressure from the water department to help fight the fire.
“That's a normal thing we do on a four-alarm fire like this,” Clay said. “We need a lot of water to spread around over the structure so that's why we ask them to boost it.”
Clay said no firefighters were injured, but the heat made fighting the blaze more difficult.