Woman Found Dead In Sapulpa House Fire
SAPULPA, Oklahoma - The Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a deadly house fire in Sapulpa.
Firefighters said a 62-year-old woman was found dead in the home Tuesday morning. Fire Marshal James Vickrey identified her as Joyce Ann Winslow.
People living in the area said they are shocked by their neighbor's death. They said this is a quiet street where things like this just don't happen.
Neighbors living on South Muskogee in Sapulpa woke up to the smell of smoke.
"It's just shocking, to wake up and see that," one neighbor said. “When we came outside, there was smoke all around the house."
Sapulpa Fire Chief David Taylor said the fire call came in just after 7 a.m. Tuesday morning.
It took minutes for firefighters to respond to the call.
Once they arrived, they say the flames had already consumed more than 50 percent of the home.
"We don't know if it was smoking or what it was caused by," said Chief Taylor.
"I woke up and the flames looked pretty big. I'm surprised the back end of the house doesn't look worse," said neighbor John Nichols.
As fire crews extinguished the blaze, they said they found Winslow dead in her bedroom.
Neighbors said they saw the victim every now and then but didn't know her well and said her death is heartbreaking.
"My heart breaks and goes out to her and her family. It just saddens me," said neighbor Evva Williams. "You could be here today and gone tomorrow. You just shouldn't take life for granted ever and you should get to know your neighbors, which I wish I had of her."
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.