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Single mom loses home to fire, believes battery-operated radio is to blame

OKLAHOMA CITY – A single mother is looking for a new place to live after a fire destroyed her home.

Fortunately, Keoana Carter and her 3-year-old were not hurt in the blaze that claimed their home near N.E. 25th St. and Lottie Ave.

As the flames continued to grow, crews had to cut a hole in the roof to put out the flames.

As the smoke cleared, the house looked completely intact.

However, when you walk inside, the smell of smoke is overwhelming and the damage is noticeable.

The Carters have been digging through their belongings and are working with investigators to pinpoint what started the fire.

Fire officials said the cause is still under investigation but Carter believes a faulty radio may be to blame.

“The radio was right by the couch and that’s where the fire marshal said the fire started, that’s the only thing I can think of,” said Carter.

Carter says she wants other families to learn from her experience and know that space heaters aren’t the only things that can start fires.

“Just pay attention to the electronics, you have to, you have to,” said Carter.

She says her focus is keeping it together for her 3-year-old daughter, who just started Pre-K.

“She just gets up, out of her sleep and says, ‘Where you going momma? Where you going?’ So, she’s scared. She doesn’t want to leave my side,” said Carter.

The Red Cross has stepped in to help the family for the next few days but after that, they will be on their own.

If you would like more information on how to help, visit the family’s GoFundMe site.