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Oklahoma fire officials, neighbors describe the deadly fire that claimed the lives of 2 Sulfur area residents

SULFUR, Okla. (KFOR) – A woman and a man died in a house fire in Sulfur on Thursday morning.

Assistant Fire Chief Tracey Laxton of the Sulfur Fire Department confirmed to KFOR that the man and woman died in the fire.

Firefighters were called at 7:37 a.m. to the 1100 block of 9th Street.

The man and woman, described as a couple, were trapped in their bedroom when the fire broke out. A third resident escaped for help.

“It was around 7:30” [a.m.] exactly when I called the fire department. A gentleman has been living with them for about a month, and he came knocking on my door loud and fast this morning and I was in the far room,” said James Mathis, a neighbor. “I ran to the door and he said, ‘Call the fire department. Calvin’s house is on fire. ‘ And I have pants or a nightgown with pockets there and I have a cell phone in my pocket and just call 911 right away. ”

The aftermath of the fire was visible to a third resident, Mathis said.

“All he wears is his underwear and he just runs. His hair is a bit burnt and he is coughing. By the time I got to the edge of the parking lot there, those flames were up in that tree there and it was completely engulfed. The facade of the house was just completely submerged,” he said.

The third resident tried to get inside the burning house to help the couple, but couldn’t because the door was too hot.

The couple died in their bedroom. A third resident was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The fire consumed the house.

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A fire killed 2 people, injured 1 and burned down this Sulfur house.

“It was a tragedy. I feel bad for their family, and I really do, especially since it’s two days away from Christmas,” said Jeremy Davidson, a neighbor.

The state fire department said a preliminary investigation indicated the fire could have been caused by an electrical overload in the living room.

He said three residents were “piggybacking” electrical outlets away from each other, and about 10 electrical outlets plugged into each other.

“If you need more outlets, hire an Oklahoma licensed electrician to install more ways in which they can be safely installed, so plug the item directly into the outlet. Of course, try not to use the extension, except for temporary uses,” said Judah Sheppard, Superintendent of Agents for the Southern District of the Oklahoma State Fire Police Office.

According to Sheppard, residents removed a smoke detector given to them by the Fire Department because they were annoyed by its beeping.

“They took it down because they heard a beep, which was a sign that we just needed to change the battery,” he said.

Mathis ponders the sanctity of his deceased neighbours.

“They are caring and good people…[I] I’m just shocked for sure,” he said.

https://kfor.com/news/local/woman-and-man-die-in-oklahoma-house-fire/ Oklahoma fire officials, neighbors describe the deadly fire that claimed the lives of 2 Sulfur area residents

JACLYN DIAZ

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