Firefighter treated for heat after battling arson

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Updated: 7/18/2013 6:56 pm Published: 7/18/2013 10:43 am

Tulsa Fire Department investigators have determined an early morning house fire was arson.

The fire started at a house near East Oklahoma Place and Pine around 1 a.m. on Thursday.

Firefighters told FOX23’s Melissa Hawkes they were concerned about protecting homes near the fire because the homes in the neighborhood are close to each other.

Firefighters worked to contain the flames just to the one home; they told FOX23 it took about 15 minutes to get the flames out.

One firefighter was overcome by the heat and treated by EMSA. He is recovering at home now.

One neighbor who lives a few hundred yards away and told FOX23 he saw “billows of smoke going into the sky,” when he stepped outside.

No one was home at the time of the fire and neighbors said the home is abandoned.

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