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Fire guts 16 apartment complex units in northwest Oklahoma City

Two people who noticed the 4 a.m. Sunday fire knocked on doors and one was injured, Oklahoma City Deputy Fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: July 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm •  Published: July 16, 2012

An early-morning fire gutted 16 units in a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex Sunday, but no one was injured in the blaze.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department responded at 4 a.m. to the three-alarm fire at Raindance Apartments near NW 122 and N Pennsylvania Avenue.

Oklahoma City Deputy Fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said the fire department is still investigating the cause of the “suspicious” blaze that caused about $560,000 of damage.

Two people in the area noticed the fire and knocked on doors, a move that likely prevented injuries or deaths, Woodard said.

Thirteen families displaced by the fire are receiving aid from the local chapter of the American Red Cross, spokeswoman Kayla Costner said, including help finding temporary shelter and basic items like toiletries, food and clothing.

It took firefighters about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze, and they remained on scene until about 8 a.m. Sunday, Woodard said.

The fire burned the roof off the second floor of the building, Woodard said.

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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