Altus Apartment Fire Destroys 16 Units

A devastating fire rips through an apartment complex on Monday afternoon in Altus leaving a more than a dozen residents without a place to stay.

Linda Smith, assistant manager of Apple Creek Apartments, says 13 people, including eight active military members, had little to no time to escape before fire overtook their apartments.

Mark Baden, a resident of the apartments says he is glad no one was injured.

Baden lost all his belongings to the fast moving fire that ravaged building ten of the apartment complex.

The top floor has already been demolished but you can still see what is left of his second-floor apartment where Baden's couch and TV are still in place.

"I'm just really trying to figure out where my life is going next," Baden says. "I got a knock on the door. First I didn't see anybody and then I got another knock, went down and it was a fireman telling me to get out and don't take nothing with you."

Smith says the fire destroyed 16 units, three of which we empty but it was terrifying to watch.

"It was very scary," Smith says. "Especially because it went up so fast because once we heard this kind of pop sound, then the whole roof just went."

She says, "We got everyone out besides a girl's two cats. Besides that, we got everybody out. They're all safe and they've all got a place to stay for right now. I'm glad there was no firemen hurt or anybody else hurt. That's a blessing."

During the fire, nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

Smith says the Red Cross set up an evacuation center across the street where residents were given food, clothes and hotel vouchers.

The cause of the fire is still investigation.

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