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TSAS fire led to changes in TFD training

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Updated: 9/05/2013 5:30 pm Published: 9/05/2013 4:14 pm

One year ago Thursday, the Tulsa School of Arts and Science or as many knew it the "old Barnard Elementary" was up in flames.

Federal investigators said a back draft caused an explosion inside, which injured eight Tulsa firefighters.

FOX23's Melissa Hawkes spoke with firefighters about the changes it sparked in the Tulsa Fire Department.

Six of the firefighters who were at the school that day met FOX23 at the site Thursday. For most, it was their first day back. Four of them were inside when the school exploded. They had to crawl down a hallway to get out the front door.

Firefighters at Station 7 have made the drive down Lewis many times, but one trip stands out in their minds.

"It's different to see the school gone and relive where you went in the fire and place where you were," said Capt. Petey Revelss with TFD.

He remembers his every move.

The eight men inside suffered burns to their faces arms and legs, some missed weeks of work, others months. But a year later, they are all back on the job.

Following this close call, the Tulsa Fire Department is placing a greater emphasis on firefighters' mayday training.

FOX23 found someone dropped off flowers and tied a sign to the flagpole today. It says "for parents, students, teacher and firefighters, thank you for what you lost."

The fire didn't just affect the men inside, but this whole community.

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