Oklahoma City Apartment Complex Burns Over The Weekend
There was an arson fire Sunday in a vacant apartment complex in west Oklahoma City that is currently under investigation, Oklahoma City firefighters report. The fire caused interior damage and destroyed portions of the rooftop. We reached out to some roofing companies in OKC to assess the damage and to get a quote on the replacement of the roof. Firefighters said that some of the trusses were damaged but could be replaced, plus the apartment complex was abandoned so they will probably tear down the burnt portions of the complex and rebuild where needed.
The building was recently under construction in the former Lantana Apartments, 7426 NW 10, and caught fire about noon Sunday and was extinguished by firefighters. There was a stray puppy discovered with burn injuries had to be euthanized, a fire department spokesman said. Nobody has come forward to claim the puppy and burns were too severe to save him.
The empty complex was undergoing renovations and being redesigned for rental when the fire took place. The exterior of the building was receiving new siding and paint, while the interior of the structure was getting a complete overhaul. The rooftop had recently been replaced with new shingles and a gutter system. HVAC units had not been replaced at the time of the fire.
Oklahoma City firefighters have responded to many fires annually since 2010, said fire Battalion, Chief Benny Fulkerson. An average of two to five arson fires annually was determined to be deliberately set. No arrests have been made in the case of the Lantana Apartments.
“This building that burnt Sunday is under new construction. It’s not a dilapidated structure,” Fulkerson said. We are still unsure at this point how much damage was caused. This may be a case of minor interior damage and smoke damage, or total devastation to various units internal and external. We are hoping that the roof trusses will not need to be replaced. There will also be a need to replace the hardware in the damaged complexes. Shower heads and faucet repair will definitely be addressed.
He said other buildings on the property stay vacant. Three units were ruined Sunday. The damage estimate is about $20,000.
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