Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 24

Oklahoma news briefs for Jan. 24
Modified: January 23, 2013 at 7:48 pm •  Published: January 24, 2013

IN BRIEF

WYANDOTTE

Flu outbreak shuts schools

District classes are canceled Thursday and Friday after three days of high absenteeism due to the flu, Superintendent Troy Gray said. Of the district's 765 students, 134 were absent Monday and 159 were absent Tuesday, Gray said. About 40 percent of students were absent Wednesday, though some parents kept their well children home to avoid infection, Gray said. Seven district employees also have been absent due to sickness, Gray said. During the break, the custodial staff will disinfect the schools, he said.

SHEILA STOGSDILL,

FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

TULSA

Fire blamed on electricity

Sixteen families fled their apartments early Wednesday after an electrical problem started a blaze, Tulsa Fire Capt. Stan May said. Fire crews were called about 1:30 a.m. to the Eagle Point Apartments. The fire had spread from an upstairs apartment into the attic and was headed to other units by the time firefighters arrived, May said. A partition in the building helped contain the fire to half of the structure, but the other side sustained smoke and water damage. No injuries were reported. State Insurance Commissioner John Doak held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to raise awareness about renter's insurance.

JARREL WADE AND AMANDA BLAND,

TULSA WORLD