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HVAC Unit May Have Started Apartment Fire

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Tulsa firefighters battled an apartment fire this evening that left residents and their pets staying at the hotel.

It took place at Pickwick Arms Apartments near Admiral and Garnett. According to TFD Capt. Randy Steed, it began in an unoccupied apartment where workers were remodeling.

Steed told KTUL that it was a "good possibility" that it had begun at a heating and air unit, although an investigator would have to determine the cause.

Maintenance Manager Troy Freman said that his boss noticed smoke coming from the eaves of the town home and went inside where he saw an HVAC unit on fire. He tried to put it out with a fire extinguisher and when that didn't work, they called 911.

Freman said that there were two women and their three dogs living next door who were affected. The women had made it out safely when firefighters rescued the dogs.

No injuries were reported.

Capt. Steed said that three other apartments were affected by smoke. He estimated the total damage at $20-30,000.

"They got it out quicker than I thought they would. We thought we was going to lose that building but we didn't," said Freman.

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