Cause of fatal Oklahoma City fire still undetermined

Tuesday, January 25th 2005, 6:43 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Oklahoma City fire investigators still haven't been able to determine what caused a fire that killed six people last fall.

Investigator Homer Jones says more than two dozen people have been interviewed about the September 26th blaze on the city's southeast side but authorities haven't come up with anything but circumstantial evidence.

Jones told The Oklahoman that's not enough to make an arrest.

The blaze killed 63-year-old Oliver Somers-Wilder; 48-year-old Connie Somers-Wilder, their children, 19-year-old Daneel, 17-year-old Leisylle and 12-year-old Aimy; and their 15-year-old neighbor Karla Hayes.

Jones says the blaze started on the front porch of the house, which had windows protected by burglar bars.

Their 18-year-old neighbor, April Coberly, was questioned and given a polygraph test by investigators. Her mother, Pat, says officials tried to pressure April Coberly into saying she placed a burning box containing dog feces on her neighbor's porch.

But Jones said they couldn't confirm the fire started from the burning box.