Weekend fire at former Lantana Apartments determined to be intentionally set


    <p>The Lantana Apartments, which have had trouble with crimes and fires, is set to open again in 2018 after renovations. (KOKH/Will Maetzold){/p}

    A fire at an under renovation apartment complex in northwest Oklahoma City has been ruled an arson.

    The Oklahoma City Fire Department reports that firefighters were called out just after noon Oct. 15 to the former Lantana Apartments, 7426 NW 10 Street. The complex has been vacant for several years and has been the site of many fires but is currently under renovation. The apartments were set to re-open in 2018.

    The property has frequent fire calls. According to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, they have had three fires there in 2017.

    "This particular complex has been a problem for us and for our city for a long time. Since 2010 we've been responding to this vacant complex anywhere from two to a half dozen times per year," said Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson.


    The fire was determined to be in three units and was brought under control. No one was discovered inside but firefighters did find a badly burned dog. The dog was transported to a local veterinary clinic, where it had to be euthanized.

    Damage estimates are currently pending on the fire but investigators have determined they were intentionally set. No arrests have been made at this time.

    A spokesperson for the city tells FOX 25 the redevelopment project will go on as planned. Firefighters worry what will happen if the fires continue at the complex.

    "It's just bad for the people that live in that area. It's unfortunate for them that this has happened over and over again." Fulkerson said. "Having the firefighters out there and having them feel that they're unsafe in some way is unfortunate so we're ready for this to come to an end."

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Arson Hotline at 405-2320-7766.


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