Family of refugees loses home in south Tulsa fire


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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 7/02/2013 8:16 pm Published: 7/02/2013 5:08 pm


A fire destroyed 16 apartments at a south Tulsa apartment complex Tuesday morning.

The fire started around 5 a.m. at the River Park Apartments near 81st and Riverside streets.

FOX23's Sharon Phillips spoke to one family who escaped the fire, but lost their home.

Antony Khai is a husband and father of two children. His family, along with 12 others in the same complex, escaped the violence in Burma and fled to the United States for safety.

Khai said his family was in their apartment when someone banged on his door to wake him up, alerting him to the fire.

Khai grabbed his Social Security card and some diapers for his kids as they fled the apartment. His family huddled on the grass outside and watched their home burn.

The Red Cross is helping Khai and 16 other families, including the 12 other families from Burma, with food and shelter while they start to rebuild from the fire.

The Tulsa Fire Department believes the fire was started with a cigarette.


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