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.
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.