OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City man’s family is inconsolable after his body was found inside a burned out apartment Friday morning.
Officials said the apartment, located on the 4900 block of S. Walker, went up in flames just before noon Friday.
Authorities aren’t sure exactly what caused the deadly fire but Oklahoma City homicide investigators were on the scene.
Twyla Adkisson was virtually inconsolable as fire crews worked to determine what caused her apartment to catch fire.
Adkisson’s son said, “I’m trying to figure it out; my mom is hurting.”
Twyla and other family members approached our news crews on scene first, before talking to fire investigators, and we informed them of the death.
The family said the victim is Donnie Bence.
“He was there when I left to go to work,” Adkisson said. “He didn’t have to work today. We’ve been together eight or nine years.”
Fire investigators said the blaze started in the lower level apartment, eventually damaging the victim’s car parked outside as well as one upper level apartment.
Tony Davis, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said, “Crews did a good job getting it knocked down, keeping it to just two apartments.”
Unfortunately, as firefighters searched the building, they found the burned body in the lower level apartment.
Since fire crews aren’t sure if the fire was an accident or set deliberately, police were called to the scene to assist the investigation.
Davis said, “We want to make sure we preserve the scene and treat it like a crime scene to make sure we don’t damage any evidence.”
To make matters worse, the family said they didn’t have renters insurance and the apartment was a total loss.