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Volunteer firefighter the first on scene at commercial fire in northeast Oklahoma City

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a commercial building May 16 in northeast Oklahoma City. (KOKH/Anthony West)

Firefighters fought a large commercial fire Wednesday in northeast Oklahoma City.

Clay Morris said his instincts took over when he saw the fire that started around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday on NE 102nd St.

"I pulled up, set off my air horns, tried to get some attention," Morris said. "I looked in, could see the hot spot on the side of the building, peeked in there the best I could because I could tell there was a vehicle being worked on."

As a volunteer firefighter in Texas who was leaving an appointment at the orthopedic hospital up the street, he wanted to do what he could to help.

"Even if somebody was there, they may have needed help or something and that's what got my attention," Morris said.

Morris said he could tell the fire was just starting as he pulled up and there was lots of black smoke. He checked a building where a car was parked inside but didn't find anyone inside.

"Of course my mind goes well somebody's trapped underneath the vehicle," Morris said. "I cleared that area as best I could see then made my way around the back and kept yelling, 'Is anybody in here? Is anybody in here?'"

Oklahoma City Fire Batt. Chief Benny Fulkerson said the fire was contained to some vacant buildings behind a house. He said there was a lot stored inside.

"I saw cardboard boxes just stacked high full of who knows what," Fulkerson said. "That creates a very heavy fuel load and we wanted to prevent it from getting into as much of that as possible."

Morris said he wanted to do what he could to make sure it wasn't worse also.

"If I would've heard somebody, I probably would've improvised and made it happen," Morris said.

The fire was located in a large, vacant metal building on a property. No one was injured in the fire.


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