Heater problem blamed for Midtown Tulsa apartment fire

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/14/2012 7:00 pm Published: 11/14/2012 3:43 pm

Midtown Tulsa --

The Tulsa Fire Department traced the fire Tuesday night at the Bradstone Apartments to a heater. The building was operated by the Mental Health Association which says it works hard to maintain the property and equipment. The association says though that anyone can live there including families. Now families displaced by the fire are in need of clothes, bedding and a new place to live.

Right now, it’s not clear how many people were displaced from this fire, but the north building of the apartment complex is now destroyed. Jesse Keith has lived at the Bradstone Apartments for three years now. He says he was watching a basketball game when all of a sudden, he heard and explosion.

"I heard a knock on my door and I came to the door, and the flames were all engulfed in the back end of the apartment building,” says Keith.

He immediately began knocking on his neighbor’s doors to get them out safely.
Jesse was prepared to see smoke and flames, but not to see three children loaded into an ambulance.

"It was really sad. Looking at those poor little kids on a stretcher was really sad,” he says.

Along with three adults, there were also three children ages 2, 6 and 12 who were taken to the Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis. We’re told they may have each suffered smoke inhalation and burns.

"I believe they all had minor to critical burns,” says Emsa Field Supervisor, Michael Garrison.

Because the Mental Health Association owns the property, it is now working to help the people who are displaced with clothing, food pantry items, bedding and beds.

"Some of the units are still very habitable on the south side, and some of the apartment residents chose to go ahead and stay in their apartments,” says Michael Brose with the Mental Health Association.

Jesse says he’s just thankful he made it out alive, and that he can still live in his apartment.

"I hate to think what could have happened, because I don't have insurance, and I know I'm going to get it now,” he says.

The Mental Health Association owns several properties around town and is now in the process of moving the victims to other units. If you would like to donate items to the fire victims, you can drop them off at 1870 South Boulder Avenue.

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