OKLAHOMA CITY –An Oklahoma City man is dead following an early morning house fire, and firefighters say it's all part of a disturbing trend.
Around 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning, fire crews were called to a home near S.W. 19th St. and McKinley.
When they arrived, they found the home filled with smoke and flames. Once they were able to go inside the structure, they found a man in cardiac arrest.
Immediately, firefighters began efforts to resuscitate him.
Sadly, he did not survive.
News 4 spoke with a man who knew the victim. He described the victim as a kind, friendly man who didn't have much but worked hard, selling firewood stacked in his backyard.
He said the victim always greeted his neighbors with a friendly smile.
Firefighters say this is the latest fire-related death in Oklahoma City.
Just 19 days into 2018, crews say there have already been seven fire-related deaths in Oklahoma City. That is compared to all of 2017, where there were 10 fire-related deaths.
Firefighters stress that these deaths could likely have been prevented.
"The one common thing that we are seeing with the fatalities that we've had is that there were no working smoke alarms in any of these structures,” said Deputy Chief Mike Walker, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
The Oklahoma City Fire Department wants to remind residents they will install working smoke alarms in your home free of charge.
You can go by any OKC fire station or call (405) 297-3318 to request a free smoke alarm.
They want to remind residents that Oklahoma City firefighters must install them so they can make sure it is done correctly and they can fully account for the alarms.