Firefighters battle midtown Tulsa apartment fire

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Updated: 2/07 4:24 pm Published: 2/06 4:41 pm

The flames are out at a midtown apartment complex and the damage is clear.

The fire started early Thursday morning at the 4100 apartments near 41st and Peoria.

The fire chief told FOX23 when crews got on scene the fire was quickly spreading. People were running out of the building.

Firefighters had to rescue a family from a second-floor balcony, but it was dispatch that helped firefighters save several children.

“We got a call from 911, our dispatcher, that a mother had gotten out of her apartment and there were still children inside. We redirected crews back to rescue those children, and we were able to get those out as well and reunite them with their mother,” said District Chief Jeremy Moore with the Tulsa Fire Department.

The chief said their first priority was getting everyone out safely and they were all the people who live there are OK. After that, they started fighting the flames.

When FOX23 arrived on scene there were flames shooting out the roof and pouring out of windows on the side of the apartments.

Thick clouds of smoke filled the air, making it hard to see and breathe.

More than 50 firefighters were on the scene and hazmat was called in to help just for extra manpower.

The chief confirmed there are 12 units in the building, but everyone made it out OK. One person was transported to the hospital with smoke inhalation.

The American Red Cross is helping the people find a place to stay since the building is pretty much a total loss.

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