Smoke damages buildings

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Updated: 12/08/2013 10:59 am Published: 12/08/2013 10:13 am

A building in east Tulsa sustains heavy smoke damage early Sunday morning.

Officials said the fire started around 5 a.m. in the 6800 block of E. 41st St. in a strip mall.

Fire crews told FOX23 the fire started in the back of the center business. They said a security guard called it in.

FOX23 was first on the scene.

When firefighters arrived on scene they saw heavy smoke coming from the back of the building.

Fire crews tell FOX23 exclusively they had to force entry into the front doors and flames were showing inside.

They say with the weather conditions they have had a few challenges but have been able to successfully put out all of the fires.

Capt. Jerry Sivadon tells me what special measures are taken when putting out fires in these hazardous weather conditions.

They say they are unsure what caused the fire, but that there is a substantial amount of smoke damage.

Sivadon tells FOX23 the fire is still under investigation.

Fire crews tell FOX23 that they've responded to about three fires overnight and into the early morning.

They say with icy roads and freezing temperatures they have to take a additional steps in order to successfully put out a fire.

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