Children suspected of arson in apartment fire | News
OKLAHOMA CITY—Arson investigators say children may be to blame for a blaze that destroyed part of an apartment complex Sunday afternoon.
Just after 3:30 p.m., firefighters rushed to the Madison Village Apartments, near Sunnylane and S.E. 53rd St., after heavy smoke and flames were spotted shooting from a building.
Major Robert Michell, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said, “We had to stay defensive for a while. We had the chemical room downstairs. We didn’t want to make entry into the building until we made sure everything was safe.”
The fire consumed part of the complex’s office, a room full of pool chemicals and an upstairs apartment.
Krystal Luse said, “I was just lucky that we got out in time because I could see the smoke just coming up through our stairs.”
Luse is pregnant with her first child and just lost everything in the fire.
She said, “I seen what was going on and the maintenance man was trying to put it out. And then I ran back upstairs, got my boyfriend, got my dog and just watched it burn everything.”
Luse says her building had a close call Saturday when she caught some young girls playing with fire.
She said, “They were starting a little fire out by my front door with a magazine. And I smelled smoke so I went down there and I told them to put it out so they put it out.”
Sunday, residents heard the same story of three girls up to no good in the laundromat of the complex.
Luse said, “There were three little girls in there by the trash can and they told them to get out so they got out and then when she went back in to open up the door, smoke was everywhere.”
Major Mitchell said, “Some witnesses saw some children run from the scene. We have our arson investigators out and talking to them right now.”
Residents say they hope the children responsible realize how dangerous things could get if they continue to act out.
Luse said, “Hopefully it’ll teach other kids not to do it because you never know. They could’ve got burnt, got trapped in there as well.”
Arson investigators were interviewing the suspected children and their parents Sunday night.
It is unclear if they will face any charges.