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3 adults, 3 children injured in apartment fire

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Updated: 11/14/2012 7:54 am Published: 11/13/2012 9:07 pm

Tulsa firefighters say 6 people have been injured after a fire at a Midtown Tulsa apartment complex.

Firefighters got the call about a fire at the Bradstone Apartments near 12th & Quaker around 8:50 p.m. Tuesday night.

According to Delores Taylor, a resident of the apartment complex, she found flames shooting out of her hot water tank. Taylor said she ran from door to door warning her neighbors.  Firefighters say 4 apartment units were destroyed.

EMSA officials say 3 adults in their 50's were taken to the hospital.  Two are in critical condition and the third is in fair condition.  Paramedics say 3 children, all under the age of 8, are in critical condition.

A firefighter on the scene said the flames moved quickly, and they rushed in to pull residents to safety. 

"We will be thinking about it for a while. I have kids that are that size and I'll hear those screams for a while," said Captain Jason Gilkison.

Another neighbor, Di Clepac, tells us she witnessed firefighters pulling a young child from an apartment and putting that child on a stretcher.

A firefighter tells FOX23's Abbie Alford when emergency crews got to the scene, they found people hanging from balconies and they could hear children screaming for help.  The firefighter said thick smoke made the rescue effort difficult.

"It was lapping down. It was a tunnel of fire when we got here to push through to get to the back," said Gilkison.

Two other residents refused transport to EMSA.  At least one woman had to receive a breathing treatment due to smoke inhalation.

Firefighters say they're continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

FOX23 will continue to cover this story, Wednesday morning on FOX23 Daybreak.

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Unwashed Mass - 11/14/2012 12:35 PM
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Furnace fire? You would also think in a quasi-mental facility there would be someone besides the tenants keeping up with smoke detectors.
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