NORMAN — Two Norman residents didn’t think twice and simply reacted to help save lives during a fire at an apartment complex Monday morning. Zakk Flash Luttrell and Brad Zuft were out working for Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency when they went past an apartment complex at 12th Avenue Northeast and Robinson. Flash Luttrell said they saw smoke billowing out of a window, but no one seemed to be aware or doing anything.
“There weren’t police or firefighters around, so we called 911 and started banging on doors so people could get out,” Luttrell said.
After the fire was reported at about 9:30 a.m., Norman firefighters responded to the fire at the apartment complex. Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said the fire occurred in an upstairs unit and no one was inside the apartment at the time.
There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire and extent of the damage is under investigation. The damage was limited to the apartment itself, Bailey said.
Luttrell said he went through some disaster relief training after the May tornadoes, but that he acted simply because it was the right thing to do.
“We all have to help each other out,” Luttrell said.
Luttrell also said that several of the people he spoke to who live at the apartment complex do not have insurance, and he hopes that COCAA will be able to work with the apartment complex to replace goods damaged by the fire. For more information on ways to help or about COCAA, visit facebook.com/COCAANorman or cocaa.org or call 701-2170.
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