|Updated: 1/06 3:29 pm
||Published: 1/06 3:27 pm
Fire investigators are working to find out what caused an apartment fire in east Tulsa on Monday morning.
It broke out at the Whispering Oaks apartment complex near 11th and highway 169.
The Tulsa police day shift officers at the Mingo Valley division told FOX23 they had just left their morning meeting and were heading to their assigned beats when a few noticed smoke coming from an upstairs apartment.
The officers quickly activated the entire division and rushed to the complex where smoke was billowing out of the building.
Police found one man unconscious on his patio and rescued him -- and evacuated dozens more.
"They knuckled doors, they got people out, they immediately started taking them over to the division because a lot of the people they came out, they didn't have coats, they didn't have shoes, socks, stuff like that…they were just getting out of the fire," said Cpl. Brian Collum, with TPD.
"They were doing what they thought was best to do, which was get over there as fast as they could, save as many lives as they could and they did a wonderful job," said Jerry Moynihan, he lives in the complex.
Several babies and more than 10 children were among those rescued.
Officers took the residents to the Mingo Valley Division headquarters to get warm and to meet with Red Cross workers.
The fire damages nine units, it's not clear how many units could have smoke or water damage.
Fire officials said they're talking with a person who lives in the apartment where the fire started.