Two People Found Dead In Suspicious Tulsa House Fire

Friday, February 2nd 2007, 6:14 am
By: News On 6

Firefighters recovered two bodies after a North Tulsa home burned early Friday morning. At first, investigators say the fire didn't look suspicious, but after a day of investigation their opinion has changed. News on 6 anchor Scott Thompson reports on the investigation.

The fire near 500 North Quaker was already burning out of control, when it was spotted by the Tulsa police helicopter. Fire crews showed up just in time to find flames shooting out both sides of the house. Firefighters quickly tried to knock the fire down. In the process, part of the ceiling and electrical wiring crashed down on a firefighter's head, knocking off his helmet and oxygen mask. Supervisors say he was shocked by the electricity and swallowed a lot of smoke, but should be all right.

Crews used thermal imagers to look for bodies in the burned out house. They found a man and woman dead inside. Both were burned so badly, the medical examiner had to use dental records to confirm their identities and notify their family.

At first, fire investigators thought the two were caught in the fire because the house had no smoke detectors. But the burned out home became a crime scene when new details surfaced.

"Our investigators have located some things, some evidence, at the scene and through the medical examiner's office that are just not adding up," said Tulsa Fire Captain Larry Bowles.

Captain Bowles says the police department and the ATF are still investigating the scene. The cause of the fire is also still under investigation, but fire officials say it appears to be suspicious.