|Updated: 9/27 12:54 pm
||Published: 9/27 11:51 am
Some residents of the Cimarron apartment complex in East Tulsa after a fire caused heavy damage Thursday night. For one woman, the loss goes beyond material items.
Flames shooting through the roof damaged 16 apartments where hours later the air still smelled like fire.
Amongst some of the blackened and burnt debris, “I walk around the corner and there’s that picture of her and I.”
She didn’t want to be identified, but the woman FOX23 News’ Janai Norman spoke with lived in the apartment upstairs from where the fire started.
The debris seen on the ground was her personal belongings. Many items were her mother’s who passed away last year, and the items were all she had left. But now all she has is a picture of the two.
“I always kept by my bed and I’d tell her ‘goodnight’ and ‘good morning,’ she said. “And it’s not even burnt, it’s like it wasn’t even in the fire and I don’t know how it made it.”
It was next to a lamp on her bed stand that was also her mother’s, she says. And that lamp was destroyed along with other pictures and memories in Thursday’s blaze.
There were no injuries, although the woman did go to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Our crews met her as she returned to salvage anything she could, which wasn’t much.
Still, that picture she says she believes her mother kept safe.
“[Native Americans] have strong beliefs, you know. I know some people don’t believe it and laugh at us when we talk about it,” she began. “But…I think maybe she protected that picture so at least I would have something. Everything else is gone and that’s the only picture I have with her.”