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‘Suspicious’ house fire claims the lives of two Oklahomans

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Two people are dead after a house fire in Midwest City, according to David Richardson with Midwest City Fire Department.

Flames engulfed the home in the 1400 block of Maple Drive just after 5:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Officials say the fire is being investigated as suspicious. There were also no working smoke detectors in the home.

Neighbors that usually keep to themselves became a closer unit this morning.

Neighbor Brooke Burke says, “It’s hard to believe it was just three houses away and I had no idea it was even going on.’

Flames claimed the lives of the residents who lived in this home.

Burke says although she didn’t know them, she feels like a big piece of the neighborhood is now missing.

“It’s a horrible way to go,” says Burke. “One of my biggest fears is fire”

Burke spent the morning reflecting on her porch as she watched firefighters knock the flames out.

She says she now regrets not getting to know the two people who lived here.

“The neighborhood’s really changed. I grew up in this house right here,” says Burke. “Everybody used to know everybody. It’s changed a lot.”

This fire is suspicious to investigators.

They say they don’t think it was just an accident.

Regardless, Midwest City Fire’s public information officer, David Richardson, working smoke detectors could have helped saved their lives.

“Smoke detectors save lives, there’s no doubt,” says Richardson . “Early in the morning, smoke detector goes off, we would hope that they would wake up the occupants of a house so they can get out. Not having a working smoke detector kind of indicates to us that if the fatalities occurred because of the fire there was no prior notification. Usually the smoke is what kills the victims, it’s not the flames.”

“It’s a horrible, horrible thing to happen to anyone,” says Burke.

Investigators are still trying to find a cause of this fire and the cause of death of the two people inside.

They are still working on identifying them as well.