Posted by: David Peterlinz, Photojournalist - email
A vacant home burns in West Tulsa, Sunday Afternoon.
Tulsa Firefighters cutting the locks off a gate at a nearby business trying to get access to the fire.
Firefighters hose down the remains of the burnt structure.
West Tulsa -
Tulsa firefighters are investigating what caused a fire that destroyed a vacant home in West Tulsa, Sunday Afternoon.
Crews were called to the 2600 block of West Skelly Expressway around 1:30. Firefighters had a difficult time reaching the home because the lot was so far off the nearby frontage road. Further complicating matters was an old bridge that couldn't support the weight of the fire trucks.
Tulsa Fire Captain Kelly Kaiser told KTUL.com, "we had a wooden bridge that restricted access of our heavy fire apparatus, caused us delay of getting lines in, and then we got a smaller squad unit back in here that we could use to pump the fire."
Crews were also concerned that high winds could possibly blow the flames in the direction of several fuel storage tanks on an adjacent industrial property. However, once firefighters gained access to the fire they were able to knock it down fairly quickly.
At this point, there is no word on what may have sparked the fire. Fire investigators are looking into it.
Look for more on this story later on-air on Tulsa's Channel 8 and on-line at KTUL.com.