Four-alarm fire closes parts of Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City

About 70 firefighters responded to the blaze at 7401 Broadway Extension Thursday night.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Modified: January 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm •  Published: January 19, 2012

A four-alarm fire caused heavy damage to the American Propane and Gas Co. on Thursday evening, and backed up traffic on the Broadway Extension for several hours.

About 70 firefighters responded to the blaze about 5:15 p.m. at 7401 Broadway Extension, Oklahoma City Fire Department Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said.

There were no injuries to firefighters.

No employees were in the building at the time of the fire.

Much of the damage was centered in the building's showroom, a single-story brick building with a metal warehouse attached.

American Propane and Gas sells propane and propane accessories according to its website.

“From what we can tell the showroom is going to have extensive damage,” Woodard said. “There is smoke seeping through the ceiling joints and roofing material.”

Woodard said when firefighters arrived flames could be seen coming from the roof of the building.

“We went into the interior and quickly got backed out and our incident commander called for a three-alarm fire which later became a four-alarm fire,” he said.

Woodard said investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire.

Jim Grigsby, vice president of American Propane, declined to comment when reached by phone.

The business was also damaged in a July 2000 fire that threatened to reach a tank with 4,000 gallons of propane.

That fire required an evacuation of businesses in the area and caused traffic problems, but crews were able to keep the tank from igniting.

Lanes on the Broadway Extension reopened about 7:30 p.m.