Early morning fire leads to homicide investigation

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BETHANY, Okla. -- The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating a homicide after a deadly fire took place in Bethany.

Fire crews found a body inside a residential home after battling the early morning fire.

Neighbors we spoke to are on edge, wanting to know what happened on their block.

Officials had to wait several hours for the sun to rise in order to start their investigation. They were also waiting on search warrants to get inside the home.

In the meantime, police questioned neighbors.

"It was a loud boom about 12:15ish," said Brandon Beamus.

Brandon Beamus heard a loud noise outside his window, but never thought he'd be waking up to police investigating a murder.

"On this block, it's normally quiet, you don't get nothing, so for this happen, it's kind of crazy, kind of odd,' said Beamus.

Bethany Police and fire crews were the first on scene, noticing something was off.

"Fire department made entry, got the fire put out and found one person laying on the floor in a house," said Reid.

That's when OSBI was called in to take over the investigation.

"The inside of the house is charred, that always makes it difficult. Typically, that's why someone would start a fire in a case like this. However, we do believe we have some evidence," said OSBI Public Information Officer Jessica Brown.

Neighbors, like Beamus, said the crime scene is too close to home.

"It's less than 500 feet from my house, it could have been my house so it definitely raises a lot of questions,' Beamus said.

Planning ahead to be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary, neighbors are hoping investigators find out who is responsible.

"Sad sad day. Prayers go out to the family," said Beamus.

Investigators are not releasing any details about the victim right now; they would only tell us the condition of the body leads them to believe it’s a murder.

The medical examiner will release the identity and the cause of death.

The State Fire Marshall is working to figure out the cause of the fire.

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