OKLAHOMA CITY – A vicious house fire destroyed a home in southwest Oklahoma City early Tuesday morning and claimed the life of a 6-year-old boy.
LaDonna Wooldridge said, “I heard a loud explosion. It was like an earthquake and it rattled and it sounded, boom. My son looked out the window and said, ‘Oh my God, it’s Carolyn’s house,’ and I just ran out the door.”
Family, friends and neighbors flooded S.W. 23rd St. and Blackwelder, watching helplessly as firefighters battled the flames.
Officials say 6-year-old Tyler Spears was trapped inside.
Firefighters say they tried to attack the blaze like any other home but were doing all they could to track down Tyler.
Batt. Chief Mike Walker said, “The person that we’re looking for is smaller. The amount of debris that’s involved is going to make it a challenge to find someone that size.”
Wooldridge said, “She was trying to get him and she just couldn’t so she climbed out and got over the fence, over there to the neighbors and they brought her over here to sit down.”
Tragically, Tyler passed away in the blaze.
Shirley Bordopsky said, “When I saw the little pool outside, I knew there was a little child there.”
Bordovsky lost her 4-year-old grandson in 2006 and says she understands the pain this family is going through, offering a little piece of hope.
She said, “I prayed a lot and I talked to people about it. Talking about it helped me.”
Investigators are working to pinpoint the cause of the fire.
Homicide detectives are helping with the investigation, which is a strict protocol when dealing with a fatality in a house fire.
A ‘Tyler Spears Tragedy Account’ has been set up at First Fidelity Bank locations.