OKC firefighters battle house blaze, Fire Department has responded to more than 900 alarm and water calls
An early morning house fire Thursday in northeast Oklahoma City caused $20,000 in damage to the structure and contents, authorities said.
Around 1:49 a.m., a caller reported a car in a driveway in the 1700 block of NE 11 was catching a house on fire.
The caller knocked on the door of the house and woke up one occupant who evacuated the home.
Firefighters reported finding a detached garage fully on fire.
The garage had a small apartment inside but was vacant and had no utilities.
A neighbor reported someone had been squatting in the garage. No one else was found.
With the winter freeze still gripping the metro area, the Oklahoma City Fire Department is being hammered with calls related to automatic alarms, water cut-offs and waterflow alarm calls.
Since midnight Feb. 14 through noon Thursday, the department has responded to 905 such calls, which is burdening crews who also must respond to vehicle collisions and emergency medical incidents.
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Not much can be done to stop water lines from freezing and breaking, but the Fire Department has offered the following safety tips to help endure the cold at home:
• Check in on your family members, especially if they live alone. Bring them into your homes if they are without heat or water.
• Where there is water, soon there will be ice. Falls are very common during this type of weather. Falls can be extremely serious to an older adult.
• Open and close your interior faucets very slowly. Whipping the valves open and closed can cause “water hammer,” or pressure spikes that damage the piping system.
• Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Open dampers to the fireplace to let the smoke out. Burn only well-aged wood, not wood from the ice storm a few months ago.
• Do not use extension cords with space heaters. Give space heaters at least three feet of space in all directions.
• Blow out candles.
• Do not use your stove to heat the house.
• Turn off all ignition sources, except the furnace, before going to bed or leaving the house.
• Keep children away from space heaters, lighters and matches.
• Do not walk on any ice that is part of a pond, lake or river.