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OKCFD crews battle flames, frigid temperatures at 3-alarm apartment fire

(Wayne Stafford/KOKH)

It was all fire and ice for Oklahoma City fire crews Tuesday morning as a big blaze breaks out at a metro apartment complex.

Crews were called to the Ashley Park Townhomes at 2600 W. I-240 Service Rd. early this morning. Officials called it a defensive fire and eventually called out a third alarm.

But firefighters weren't just contending with flames this morning, ice was a big problem at the scene as well. Officials say they dealt with frozen radios, slick spots on the ground and ice sheets coming off the building.

Despite the problems, crews reportedly had the fire out by 5:30. They say the fire itself was contained to one apartment, but a number of people had to be evacuated.

An Embark bus is heading to the scene to help keep those evacuees warm and the Red Cross has also been called in to assist.

OKCFD officials say the building involved was a laundry facility on the bottom and vacant on top. Two other nearby buildings were evacuated but no one is expected to be displaced. There were no injuries reported.

The cause of that fire is under investigation. One person was ticketed on scene for driving over a fire hose.

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