Fire damages east Tulsa home

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 2/14 5:18 pm Published: 2/14 4:20 pm

TULSA, Okla. - Five people are without a home after a big fire Friday afternoon in east Tulsa.

The fire spread quickly at the home near 15th and 121st East Avenue. The fire is out but firefighters stayed Friday evening to put out hot spots.

They said Friday’s weather and the amount of stuff inside the home did not help their cause.

"I ran to the window and I saw the whole right side of the house in flames," said neighbor, Cherie Hancock.

Around 1 p.m. on Friday neighbors called 911 after seeing fire shooting from the home.

Someone passing by also saw the fire and banged on the door to make sure no one was inside, three people were.

"The boy came out first and then the girl came out and then they all came out started moving the cars. I think they had to bust open one of the windows to try and push it out," said Hancock.

The Tulsa Fire Department said five people lived in the home and it was heavily damaged in the fire.

The fire was a difficult one to fight because of windy weather.

"Windy days like this are tough because we have to get her quick. Know where we're going. Know our first scenario and get our right tools in place immediately before the fire takes it over,” said Tulsa Fire Department Captain Ben Weaver.

Firefighters also said the home had plenty of stuff inside that could spread the fire.

"A lot of furniture, a lot of magazines, a lot of belongings," said Weaver.

Because of all that furniture and magazines the fire can smolder for a while, which is the reason fire crews remained on the scene.

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