Elderly Woman Dies In North Tulsa House Fire

Monday, January 6th 2014, 8:00 pm
By: News On 6

One person died when her Tulsa home went up in flames Monday night.

Fire crews arrived on scene to find that neighbors had already saved one person, and they were able to get another person out of the home safely.

No word yet on how the fire started, but crews contained the fire to the garage and attic area of the home at 32nd Street North and Utica.

One family member said her older brothers and sister, in their 80s and 90s, were finishing up with dinner when the fire broke out.

After he was pulled from the flames and heavy smoke, paramedics rushed an elderly man on a stretcher through the slick streets Monday night.

A neighbor says his power was out and he was about to leave when he saw the flames and knew people were trapped inside.

"I ran around to the front door, my next door neighbor, he ran around to the back door," said Harry Armington. "He kicked in the backdoor, and I kicked in the front door and we finally got the one guy out."

Armington said he is shocked over the loss of one of his neighbors.

"I'm about in tears. Really I am," he said. "I'm just about in tears because I know them. I've been to their house."

Family member Barbara Hill, who lives across the street, said her older sister didn't make it out of the fire.

"They had just finished eating dinner; I didn't know anything about it. My neighbor from across the street came banging on the door telling me their house was on fire," she said.

Barbara Hill's older brothers were rescued.

"When we got over, there was just too much smoke we couldn't get in; we yelled at him and he followed our voice and he was able to get out," Hill said.

Eight fire companies responded to the fire.

Captain Chad Meyer of the Tulsa Fire Department, said the quick-thinking of Harry Armington and the other neighbors may have saved a life.

"As quick as you can get out of a house that's on fire to the extent that this one was, the better, so his quick actions were great, they helped us tremendously," he said.

"It's terrible, said Armington. "I've never seen anything like this happen before and it's heartbreaking. It's devastating. Man, it really is."

Fire investigators are looking into the exact cause of the fire.