Major midtown Tulsa fire likely to smolder for days

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • A building near Third and Peoria caught fire Saturday morning.
  • Two people were rescued and taken to the hospital.
  • People across Tulsa said they saw smoke from the fire.

 

Firefighters rescued three people as they battled a fire in midtown Tulsa Saturday morning.

Fire officials told FOX23 they arrived on the scene of a fire near Third and Peoria around 7 a.m.

WATCH: People across Tulsa could see smoke from the fire

Firefighters said they initially rescued two people from the abandoned building that caught fire. Those people were transported to a nearby hospital.

GALLERY: Pictures from the fire

Later, firefighters found a third individual passed out inside a part of the building that didn't burn. They said wind conditions probably saved him from death.

Firefighters say they had 15 trucks and 60 firefighters fighting the fire at the 20,000 square foot building.

At least one wall collapsed.

Firefighters told FOX23 it was one of the biggest building fires of the year. It is likely to smolder for a few more days.

Investigators are working to find out what caused the fire, but officials said signs point toward homeless people living inside trying to keep warm.

The city had to bring in equipment to knock down part of the structure that nearly fell on top of a ladder truck.

The Red Cross brought food and refreshments for the firefighters at the scene.

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FOX23 found out the building was at the site where Iron Gate had originally wanted to relocate.

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The move was denied after complaints from neighbors.

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