UPDATE: Overnight fire could be arson, possibly gang-related
OKLAHOMA CITY – Authorities said arson could be the cause of an early morning fire in northwest Oklahoma City and it is possibly gang-related.
As crews started working to douse the flames, derogatory graffiti was found left all over the property.
Heavy smoke bellowed out of a vacant home in northwest Oklahoma City Tuesday morning, waking up neighbors near the intersection of 105th Terrace and Military.
“I heard an explosion, then my house shook, then the fire trucks were out in front,” Judy Purvis said.
As crews battled the heavy smoke and doused the thick flames, messages left behind on the building came into sight.
Graffiti, reading “RIP Baby,” and “EBK,” found spray painted on the outside of the home and inside the garage.
Due to the circumstances, fire officials have assigned special units to check into this fire.
“We have called out our arson investigators for precautionary measures because the structure is vacant,” Jones said.
Judy Purvis has lived on the block since 1974 and has witnessed the area fill with crime time and time again.
She said her neighborhood used to have block parties, where everyone came together and enjoyed each other’s company but those times have changed.
“If all the neighbors around would be more involved, I think we could get this neighborhood back up,” Purvis said.
A hope that her neighborhood could become a safer place to live.
Arson investigators are still looking into this case to determine the cause and gang units have been called back out to the scene to investigate.