Two children die in Midwest City apartment fire; other residents injured
MIDWEST CITY — A fire broke out Sunday in an apartment complex, killing two children and injuring a few other residents.
Midwest City Fire Department Maj. David Richardson said firefighters were called to 449 Harr Drive shortly before noon Sunday. Video footage taken by a neighbor showed thick gray smoke billowing from the roof of the complex and tall flames.
“I was afraid of everything being ruined and everyone getting out. It was terrifying,” said Toni Padgett, 16, of Midwest City.
Padgett said she was at her boyfriend's apartment when they noticed the fire a few units away.
She said his mother, Amy Love, 43, of Choctaw, just arrived to pick them up when she saw the smoke coming and called 911.
“It just spread so quickly,” Padgett said.
Firefighters arrived and discovered the body of a 2-year-old boy in an apartment unit, Richardson said.
He said firefighters also found a 26-year-old woman and 4-year-old boy unresponsive in the unit.
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They were taken to the hospital, where the woman was revived.
The boy was pronounced dead, Richardson said.
The names of the victims have not been released.
Neighbors stood outside of the apartment complex and watched as firefighters carried out equipment and continued to investigate the fire throughout the afternoon.
After calling 911, Love said she started knocking on doors to alert people to get out of the building.
Her son, Jake Hill, 25, said he was walking toward the smoke to investigate when he heard the sound of glass breaking.
He said he looked up and saw a man jump out a second-story window of the complex.
Hill said he thought the man had broken his leg, but he only suffered injuries to one of his ankles and wrists.
Richardson said a couple were trapped in a back unit and had to be rescued by firefighters.
The woman was given oxygen and later taken to a hospital because of smoke inhalation.
Other neighbors also were able to escape, and a few were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Resident Steve Wilson, 32, of Midwest City, said he was sleeping and woke up to see the fire.
He said he only remembers running out of the house with his dog.
The source of the blaze is unknown at this time, as well as where it originated, Richardson said.
At least eight units were damaged by the fire, he said.
A damage estimate was not available Sunday.