MIDWEST CITY — An apartment fire Sunday killed two children and their mother and displaced 15 people, officials said.
Rusty Surette, spokesman for the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, said volunteers are providing assistance to seven families affected by the fire at the Raintree Meadows Apartments, 449 Harr Drive.
Maj. David Richardson said firefighters received a call about the fire shortly before noon Sunday. In a 911 call released Monday, the caller is yelling about a fire at the complex.
The dispatcher asks the caller to calm down, saying, “I need you to get everybody out.”
The caller said she can't get close enough and at one point tells the dispatcher that it's hard for her to breathe. Knocking on doors and yelling can be heard in the background before the dispatcher tells the caller to back away.
Richardson said smoke and flames were visible from the structure when they arrived at the scene. Inside one apartment unit, he said firefighters found an unresponsive 2-year-old boy, identified Monday as John Brown-Jones II.
They later discovered two other people inside the apartment. The victims were identified as Dylan Terry, 4, and Lindsey Terry, 26.
All three victims were taken to a hospital, where the woman was revived Sunday afternoon. Officials said she died Monday at Integris Baptist Medical Center.
The father of the boys, Timothy Terry, said in a statement Monday that they will be greatly missed. He said they always will be with him in his heart and memories.
He said the boys were a great joy to be around, and they never had a dull moment.
“Always happy and smiling and playful little boys,” he said in the statement.
Investigators returned to the apartment complex Monday morning and determined the fire started in a living room hallway.
Richardson said the cause is unknown, but there is no reason to think any criminal wrongdoing caused the fire.
At least eight units were damaged. The fire caused about $250,000 damage, Richardson.
Anyone in need of assistance can call the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma at