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Fire fought at NW Oklahoma City abandoned apartments complex

Firefighters responded to a blaze at the abandoned Lantana Apartments, 7408 NW 10, in Oklahoma City.
BY BRYAN DEAN Modified: February 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm •  Published: February 7, 2012

The only things left homeless by Tuesday's fire at the Lantana Apartments were the rats and roaches using the abandoned complex as a residence.

But that doesn't mean there aren't victims. Neighbors said they are tired of pests, crime and fires at the blighted property.

A quick walk around the complex shows fire damage at half a dozen or more of the complex's buildings. The abandoned complex was the scene of a murder in 2008 when pizza delivery man Jeremy D. Moore was robbed and shot.

Fire Deputy Chief Cecil Clay said firefighters spotted smoke coming from the area just before 4 p.m. He said firefighters don't know how the blaze started, but it gutted one building and slightly damaged another.

“Almost every one of these buildings has been on fire,” Clay said. “It's a dangerous situation.”

Squatters sometimes set fires in the winter months to stay warm. The apartments are a haven for drug activity, officials say.

Ward 3 City Councilman Larry McAtee represented the area until recent redistricting put the apartments into Ward 1.

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