OKC Fire Department declares Classen Curve apartment fire accidental

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With smoke lingering in the air, firefighters work at the scene of a devastating fire that left the apartment project called The Canton at Classen Curve in ruins. (File photo by Jennifer Sharpe)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The cause of the massive fire that destroyed a five-story luxury apartment complex under construction nearly five months ago has been ruled accidental.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department released its report on Friday, noting that the project “complied with all applicable fire codes for this phase of the construction process” and that investigators cannot rule out a fire problem. power supply as the cause.

The $65 million, 326-apartment complex known as The Canton at Classen Curve was under construction at 6161 N. Western Ave. when the fire broke out on the roof. No injuries were reported in the five-alarm blaze, which brought more than 80 firefighters to the scene.

The development was a collaboration between Oklahoma City-based Humphreys Capital and Houston-based international real estate firm Hines.

Blair Humphreys, CEO of Humphreys Capital, released the following statement:

“As expected, the fire department report confirms that the building was compliant with all fire codes and had passed all of its applicable suppression inspections. Although this process has taken longer than anyone expected, we are grateful for the diligent work required to reach a conclusion. As the report notes, this appears to be an accident caused by a bad connection inside an OG&E transformer.

“We look forward to quickly completing the cleanup of the site. Humphreys Capital and our trusted development partners are beginning the complex process of evaluating our options for this prime location. The path forward will be determined by many factors, including the insurance claims process. We don’t have a timeline for a final decision, but we look forward to sharing more information with the public when we can. »

When the fire occurred on February 8, the Township was weeks away from receiving a certificate of occupancy, which would have allowed leases to be finalized and move-in to begin.

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