SAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma - Two people are dead after fire destroyed a Sand Springs home Tuesday night.

The fire was big - in a house that didn't have much room for escape, and since it happened at night, it went unnoticed by the neighbors for a while.

The report came in from a woman in the house who got out through the back, but she couldn't get to the two other people inside.
The Sand Springs Fire Department got the call just before midnight to a home at Ridge Drive and West Eighth.

"Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire throughout the structure," SSFD Chief Mike Woods said.

By the time firefighters made the rescue and put the fire out, the woman already was dead. An elderly man who lived there had extensive burns.

Lloyd Luce woke up when a neighbor called about the fire.

"It came out of that roof just shooting up in the air, it was covered in flames,” Luce said. “It was scary."

Since the elderly couple moved in a year ago, Luce had come to admire the work ethic he saw next door.

"He could do almost anything,” Luce said. “He still to this day didn't think there was anything he couldn't do. He tried everything. He couldn't hardly walk, but he would work on stuff, fall down, get right back up and go again like he was a little kid."

The neighbors say they all pitched in to help him when he would let them.

"He stayed pretty busy, up and down the road up there,” neighbor Jason Yanits said.

The fire marshal's office looked over the scene and the sheriff's office was overseeing the investigation, but there were no signs of anything suspicious.

The victims have not been identified by firefighters.