Fire victim works to put her life back together


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Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 11/21/2012 10:09 am Published: 11/20/2012 9:48 pm


Imagine jumping from the second story just to survive, that’s the story a Tulsa woman tells, but one week after fire spread through the Bradstone Apartments she and other families are left with virtually nothing.

Six people were hurt in that fire at 12th and Quaker including three children who are still recovering in the hospital.

"When we got here, we had people hanging off the balcony, people screaming,” said a Tulsa firefighter.

Next door, Gayle Griffin recalls a family whose bodies were covered in fire, three of them were kids.

“I remember her cries and her screams and thinking 'oh my gosh, her family is in there,'" said Griffin.

Before the same could happen to her she jumped from her balcony.

"I was more afraid of the fire than I was the fall," said Griffin.

Neighbors below caught her, but she'd left her dog, Seven behind.

"He caught on fire as soon as I went over the rail," said Griffin.

Firefighters eventually saved Seven’s life, pretty much, everything else she owned was destroyed. The Mental Health Association, which runs Bradstone Apartments, relocated Griffin. She was given a place across town at Brighton Park.

With out a TV or anyone she knows nearby Griffin said she's lonely.

"I miss my dog,” said Griffin.

Griffin said she was told she'd be reunited with her dog. Right now, she said Seven is with the Tulsa SPCA.

If you would like to donate items to the fire victims you can drop them off at the Mental Health Association near 18th and Boulder.

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Mayor Maynot - 11/21/2012 12:35 PM
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I wouldnt need to jump. My dog would have raised so much Cain before it got that dire !!! Did they ever say how the place caught on fire. TMHA has their hands full keeping their wards from harm. Throw your doggy first then jump.
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