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March 1, 2014

Emergency crews at apartment fire

Woodward, Okla. — Fire departments from Woodward and the area worked throughout the night at a fire that fully engulfed a group of apartments in the Briarwood Apartment complex.

Smoke could be seen driving up 22nd Street as units from Woodward, Fort Supply, Mooreland, Sharon and Mutual were all called in early. Throuhgout the night firefighters from Harper, Ellis and Woods counties also responded to assist.

The area along 22nd Street from Briarwood Drive to Downs Avenue is closed and expected to remain that way until late morning.

In addition to the actual fire, firefighters had to deal with wind and brutally cold temperatures.

No injuries to apartment residents have been reported, but according to Woodward Emergency Management several firefighters have been treated for exhaustion.

First call came in around 7:30 p.m.

A little after 11 p.m., several additional units to the west of the building where the fire was located were being evacuated as well as possibly a few houses to the north as precautionary measures.

Officials said around 2 a.m. approximately 20 apartments had been burned with about 40 people evacuated. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined.

A number of crews were still on the scene Sunday morning and flames occasionally shot out of the roof on the north side of the heavily damaged building.

The City of Woodward opened the Pioneer Room for a temporary shelter being operated by the the Red Cross.

Red Cross ia also on the scene as are Woodward EMS and Emergency Management.

People affected by the fire can call 580-256-3828 for additional information regarding services available.

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