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Three Alarm Fire Damages Beds Direct Warehouse
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- A three alarm fire damages the Beds Direct warehouse on the 4200-block of West Reno Avenue.
Oklahoma City Firefighters say they believe the fire sparked from a pick-up truck parked inside the building. The manager of Beds Direct says employees will often park their cars inside the warehouse.
"We put them in at night," said Victor Kotulek, manager of Beds Direct, "so nobody steals them."
Employees at Beds Direct told Fox-25 when they heard the fire alarm go off Sunday afternoon, they walked into the warehouse, and saw the truck engulfed in flames.
"The pick-up had a fire going in the engine compartment," said Kotulek, "and it caused the rest of it as far as we can tell."
Employees say they used three extinguishers in an attempt to douse the fire, but could not bring it under control. Once fire crews arrived, Oklahoma City Firefighters had the flames contained within hours.
"All the fire and the damage that we know is contained to the rear section of the warehouse," said Deputy Chief Marc Woodard.
Oklahoma City Firefighters say the fire destroyed hundreds of beds and other furniture stored in the warehouse. The Oklahoma City Fire Department estimates the fire caused $230,000 worth in damage.
Posted: Sunday, September 16 2012, 10:41 PM CDT
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Lanes reopening near Shawnee but delays expected
May 20, 2013 12:28 GMT
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) -- Officials say drivers should expect delays on Interstate 40 in Shawnee as crews continue to clean up storm debris.
Westbound Interstate 40 was closed Sunday night at U.S. 177 after storms ripped through the area. U.S. 177 was also shut down because of vehicle accidents caused by the severe weather.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says northbound U.S. 177 at I-40 was reopened as of 7 a.m. Monday. Westbound traffic on I-40 is narrowed to one lane, but all lanes are expected to reopen later Monday morning.
Officials say drivers should expect congestion in the area or pick an alternate route.
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