Man rescued from north Oklahoma City apartment fire Tuesday

Firefighters rescued a man from an apartment fire in north Oklahoma City Tuesday. The fire was at Heritage Park Apartments near NW 122 and N Pennsylvania Avenue early Tuesday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: June 17, 2014 at 11:27 am •  Published: June 17, 2014

Firefighters rescued a man trapped in an apartment fire Tuesday that displaced seven families in north Oklahoma City.

The fire broke out about 3:50 a.m. at the Heritage Park Apartments, 1920 Heritage Park Drive near NW 122 and N Pennsylvania.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said. The fire caused $150,000 damage.

After flames spread through a building with eight units, firefighters learned a man was in an upstairs unit, said fire District Chief Chad Everett. Firefighters used a ladder from a truck to reach the man, Everett said.

Fire destroyed one unit and caused smoke and water damage to seven others, Everett said.

The man who was rescued and another person were taken to a hospital, he said. Both were treated for smoke inhalation.

Skye Stockwell, 26, evacuated her apartment safely and saw the firefighters rescue the man from the ladder truck that reached the second floor of the building. She said a friend called her to tell her the apartments were on fire shortly before 4 a.m.

Another resident, Nathan Casey, 23, woke up to banging on his door, smoke and a police officer yelling, “Fire!” he said. He got out and saw flames shooting through the roof. He grabbed his keys, wallet and phone and ran outside. His apartment had smoke damage.

Ken Garcia, American Red Cross spokesman, said apartment managers were finding other units for those affected to move into.