Family Cherishes Memories After Tulsa Man Killed In House Fire

Monday, August 31st 2020, 9:23 pm
By: Kristen Weaver

TULSA, Okla. -

On what would have been his 60th birthday on Monday, a Tulsa family remembers the life of a man killed in a house fire.

Mike Zawrotny died in a house fire, but a few hours after, a second fire was set at his home, leading investigators to suspect arson.

The family said Zawrotny was a friend to all. They said he is gone too soon, and now they are looking for things they can salvage.

"Material things can be replaced, he can't,” stepdaughter Tina Beaumont said.

As Beaumont walks through the burned remains of her stepdad's Tulsa home, she said the memories come flooding back.

"As long as I've got them here, I'll always have them," Tina said about the memories in her heart.

Tulsa firefighters said Zawrotny may have fallen asleep while smoking a cigar on his front porch. When Zawrotny woke up, he was on fire.

Tina said Zawrotny got up and yelled inside to get his wife and family out of the home. They survived, but Mike did not.

Several hours later, in the middle of the night, fire investigators said the home lit on fire again. The second fire destroyed everything. Firefighters also said an AC unit was missing. They suspect arson but haven't made any arrests.

"With the second fire we did lose everything," Beaumont said.

Beaumont said her stepdad was a friend to all.

"He talked to everybody, he would help anybody," she said.

She said Zawrotny loved baseball and fishing, but most of all he loved his Dallas Cowboys.

"Football, the Dallas Cowboys, could never do anything wrong,” Beaumont said.

Beaumont said Zawrotny was a family man. He had a daughter, grandbaby and four sisters. Beaumont said Monday would have been Zawrotny’s 60th birthday, so they held a wake to celebrate his life.

"Of course, the birthday theme is Dallas Cowboys," Beaumont said.

Firefighters said they are still actively investigating this case.

The family has set up a GoFundMe link which you can find here.