Police are investigating a fatal house fire in west Tulsa as a homicide. Firefighters found a person dead after being called to a report of smoke coming from a home in the 35-hundred block of West Easton this morning. Captain Stan May says investigators found some things just didn’t add up, so police were called.
Firefighters found the body in a bed at the back of the house. The victim was badly burned. It also appears utilities in the house weren’t hooked up and working. The investigation continues.
A house fire just north of I-244 in Tulsa injures an elderly woman. Flames were shooting from the home near Admiral Place and Yorktown when fire crews arrived early this morning. Troy Taylor lives just a couple of doors down. He says he alerted firefighters about a woman inside, and she was rescued.
Firefighters pulled the unconscious woman from the burning structure. She was taken to a hospital and at last report was in stable condition. A dog inside the house was killed in the blaze. The cause is under investigation.
A woman is killed in a Tulsa house fire. Captain Stan May says crews found the body just inside the front door of a home in the 1900 block of E.Marshall, but had to quickly abandon the structure. He says it was unstable and unsafe and the roof was collapsing. Crews had to fight the blaze from outside.
The Medical Examiner will determine the exact cause of death. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Ground is broken today for a new state-of-the-art fire training center in Tulsa. It’s a joint project of the city and Tulsa Community College. Chief Ray Driskell says it will be regional facility for firefighters from Tulsa and other communities.
The new fire safety training center is being built on the northeast campus of Tulsa Community College. Phase 1 should be finished in November, 2014.
With classes going back into session, Tulsa firefighters start a very visible campaign to remind people to drive carefully in school zones.
Traffic is very heavy in front of Jenks elementary at 101st and Yale as parents and buses drop off kids for the first day of class. Fire trucks and other department vehicles are parked near the campus with big banners that say ‘Drive Safely, School’s Open’.
Assistant Fire Marshal Captain Ray Evins says the firefighters will be at school sites throughout the various districts as they open for class this week and next.
At least four people are injured in a South Tulsa apartment fire.
It happened this morning at about 10:30. The blaze was at Fairmont Terrace near 61st and Riverside Drive. Tulsa Fire Captain Stan May was on the scene. He says the intense flames gutted one-half of a 24-unit complex.
The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the blaze. The Red Cross will open a shelter for residents affected/ The shelter will be located at Crosstown Church of Christ, Admiral Place and Harvard.
A bell sounds signifying the passing of the Chief’s badge from Alan LaCroix to Ray Driskell. La Croix is retiring, and Driskell has been named the new head of the department. He knows finances are still tight, and he’s visited with the mayor about department needs. Safety and improvements to the medical services division are among his priorities. He also says he wants to focus more on those in the field, those doing the job day in and day out.
Driskell becomes only the 11th chief in the 100-year history of the Tulsa Fire Department.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading no contest in the death of his roommate. Michael Cypert entered his no-contest plea Tuesday to second-degree murder. He was initially charged with first-degree murder in the 2010 death of his roommate, 46-year-old Robert Nichols.
Police say Cypert poured vodka on Nichols, then set him on fire. Nichols died several days later at a Tulsa hospital.
Prosecutors dismissed a charge of first-degree arson against Cypert.