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February 16, 2013

Police warn unknowing resident of fire

NORMAN — “The cop knocked on my door and asked me if I knew my house was on fire,” said Norman resident Conner Kirtley.

Kirtley stood barefoot on the pavement with his roommates on Saturday outside of the two-story apartment house they lived in while the Norman Fire Department extinguished the fire that occurred around 4:30 p.m.

Kirtley lives in the downstairs apartment, where he was at when the fire sparked upstairs at 402 College Ave. The resident said he wasn’t sure who lived in the upstairs apartment.

All of the residents of the house will have to stay somewhere else for the next few days though. Assistant Fire Chief Travis King said the meteres had to be pulled. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it was most likely something electrical, he said.

All of the occupants were out of the home at the fire department’s arrival and there were no injuries.

The only evidence of the fire, looking up from the street, was a streak of black near an upstairs door leading outside to a metal staircase. King said the fire damaged the soffits, or eaves, on the outside of the house and a portion of the floor and wall in between the two levels of the house.

King estimated there was between $10,000 to $15,000 worth of damage to the home.

Three Norman Fire Department companies responded to the fire as well as Norman Police and EMSStat.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

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