Tulsa, OK - Firefighters Battle Blaze at Abandoned Synagogue
The fire, which was discovered by a Tulsa police officer, apparently began in the boarded-up structure’s basement and was difficult for firefighters to reach.
“It is a very dangerous situation. We’re fighting it in defensive mode, from the outside. It is under control but by no means out,” fire spokesman Capt. Michael Baker said.
Baker said the fire has been declared a third-alarm fire and that about 16 fire trucks were called to the scene.
A four-unit apartment building just to the west was evacuated as a precaution, Baker said.
Baker said the icy weather conditions is making things difficult.
“It’s very slippery out here, lots of precipitation falling. You add all the water and mist and it’s very slick for our firefighters.
The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
“Other than this, though, it has been a pretty quiet nigh,” Baker added.
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