UPDATE: Deadly fire in N.W. OKC home was intentionally set, still under investigation
UPDATE: Crews have confirmed the fatal house fire near Hefner and May was intentionally set Monday afternoon.
One person died in the fire; their identity has not yet been released.
The fire is still under investigation.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Fire officials have confirmed that one person was killed when a house caught fire Monday afternoon in northwest Oklahoma City.
District Chief Chad Everett, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said the victim was found in a back corner room of the home, located at 11400 N. Miller Ave.
Everett said the fire was first reported to the authorities around 1 p.m., when a person delivering hospital furniture to the house saw smoke pouring from the building.
While at the scene, firefighters were told that a hospice patient could be trapped inside.
However, that patient was not at home when the fire started.
They have since been accounted for and we’re told they are safe.
At one point, crews were forced to pull out of the home because the flames were too thick.
Firefighters were able to go back into the home a short time later to try to rescue the person who was trapped.
Unfortunately, that person was killed in the blaze.
Officials say they have not determined the origin or cause of the fire but say the home is a total loss.
Authorities say the fire may have been intentionally set.
At this time, the victim’s identity has not been released.