Cause Ruled in Fatal Fire

May 12, 2012

Fire that killed Okla. woman, adult son accidental

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Investigators have concluded that a fire that killed a Boynton woman and her son was accidental.

Fifty-seven-year-old Clarence Crane and his 82-year-old mother, Mary Jane Love, died in the blaze early Wednesday.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Joanne Sellers told the Muskogee Phoenix investigators were able to determine that the blaze began in a bedroom but they haven't determined the fire's cause. Sellers says there were smoke detectors in the home, but officials couldn't determine if they were working.

Sellers says both bodies were found near each other, and it appeared Crane was trying to save his mother.

Medical Examiner's office spokeswoman Amy Elliott says both died of smoke inhalation, and the manner of death was ruled accidental.


Information from: Muskogee Phoenix,

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