Severe storms with large hail and high winds swept through Oklahoma Tuesday night, knocking out power to thousands and damaging homes and vehicles.
Several apartment buildings and homes had broken windows, as well as scattered leaves and tree limbs throughout neighborhoods.
Our reporters have been following the damage and upcoming storms expected to hit later this evening. To avoid injury, it never hurts to be prepared. Take some time to review a severe weather checklist below provided by the American Red Cross.
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Fire investigators are still working to determine what caused a Midwest City apartment fire that killed a mother and her two children May 6.
Maj. David Richardson said more investigators have been brought in to examine the building at 449 Harr Drive but haven’t been able to determine the heat source. (more…)
Many questions are still unanswered after a fire broke out in an apartment in Midwest City Sunday, killing a mother and her two children.
Maj. David Richardson said investigators determined Monday that the fire started in the living room hallway of the family’s unit, Apt. D at the Raintree Meadows Apartments, 449 Harr Drive. He said more investigators are at the scene today, trying to gather more information.
It all started with a fire call overheard on the scanner.
The sirens caught my attention while I was writing up an accident report. I turned up the volume and tuned in, but I couldn’t hear an address. Eventually, I nailed down the location of the apartment fire and headed to 449 Harr Drive.
PIEDMONT — Oklahoma City and Piedmont firefighters battled a grass fire near NW Expressway and Cimarron Road Tuesday.
A fire spokeswoman said Oklahoma City was called to assist with the fire about 2:50 p.m. Tuesday at 14500 Richland Road. She said the city dispatched three brush pumpers, one engine and a tanker to help extinguish the blaze.
Del City firefighters were called to Over the Rainbow Child Center at 3106 SE 15 Tuesday on a smoke investigation. Officials said the smoke was caused by a cooking fire and residual smoke had spread to the attic when firefighters arrived.
All of the children have been removed, accounted for and did not receive any injuries due to the smoke, firefighters said.
Drivers reported several grass fires along Interstate 35 between Guthrie and Edmond via Twitter Wednesday morning.
Rusty Surette, spokesman for the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, also tweeted several photos and videos of the fires burning in the median of the road.
Guthrie Battalion Fire Chief Greg Machtolff said the fires started shortly before 9 a.m. when an axle on a trailer broke and sparks ignited the grass near Seward Road. He said firefighters were called to the scene and extinguished the fires by 9:40 a.m. Wednesday.
A pet died in a fire Tuesday morning that began in a bedroom of a home in north Oklahoma City, a fire official said.
Fire Maj. Tammy McKinney said initial reports led firefighters to think someone might be in the home at 264 NW 80, but she said no one was found inside. She said bars on the windows caused concern for first responders, but the fire was quickly extinguished. (more…)
Oklahoma City firefighters battled a blaze at the Lantana Apartments, 7408 NW 10, Tuesday afternoon. Check back with NewsOK for more.
Photo by Chris Landsberger: Oklahoma City firefighters work the scene of a fire at an abandoned apartment complex at 7408 NW 10th on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, in Oklahoma City.