Residents displaced following house fire
BY CHASE COOK World Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
7/24/12 at 5:45 PM
Three Tulsans have been displaced from their home after a fire broke out in their living room.
Tulsa firefighters responded to calls of smoke and flames at about 3:40 p.m. at the residence in the 1800 block of North Delaware Ave.
Firefighters forced open the door and extinguished the flames, which was contained to the living room and attic area, but there is smoke damage throughout the house, said Tulsa Fire Department District Chief Bennie Herring. None of the family members were injured, but the family’s dog and cat did not survive the fire.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause, but Herring said he had suspicions that it was an electrical fire. Extension cords were being used throughout the house because the family was experiencing electrical problems, he said. Extension cords can be fire hazards if not used correctly.
“They are designed for a temporary fix,” Herring said. “It’s not a good practice; history has shown us that.”
The Red Cross was dispatched to help the displaced family find a place to stay and replace some of their essentials.
Firefighters work the scene of a house fire in the 1800 block of North Delaware Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World