OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Fire Department now confirms three people were found dead after a house fire while another was transported to the hospital.
Fire crews responded to a home near N. Blackwelder and N.W 1st. just after 4:30 a.m.
Crews arrived to find a vacant two-story home engulfed in flames.
“The flames were just coming out and everything and almost burned burned our house," said neighbor Becky Hightower.
"We had to fight it from the exterior," said Benny Fulkerson with the Oklahoma City Fire Department. "We call that a defensive fire. It took about 30 to 40 minutes to bring the main body of fire under control.”
However, the fire did extend to the adjacent home, which was also believed to be vacant.
Fire officials say both homes were boarded up.
Crews searched the adjacent home and removed on adult male who was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Three bodies were found in the rubble of the original house fire. Both investigators and Hightower believe the people were homeless and staying in the house to keep warm.
“That’s just devastating. I’m just like, ‘oh, my God,'" said Hightower.
Investigators say the victims were two males and one female.
Their ages and identities are unknown at this time.
The original fire structure was deemed a complete loss, totaling $43,000.
Firefighters were able to limit the damage to the adjacent home to the exterior only, totaling $7,500.