Cleveland County investigates fire, death in Little Axe

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LITTLE AXE, Okla. – The Cleveland County Sheriff's Office is waiting for the results of an autopsy before moving forward with its investigation into the death of a woman, found dead inside a mobile home after a fire.

"Our detectives and even the state fire marshal's office are looking into every possible reason of how this could have happened," said Meghan McCormick, a spokesperson for the CCSO. "We're not sure how it started."

Around 8:20 p.m. Monday, Norman and Little Axe firefighters were called to the mobile home in the 16400 block of Carnegies Circle, near Newalla, where they worked for hours to put out all the hot spots.

The Little Axe fire chief tells NewsChannel 4 it appeared a hoarder lived in the home.

Officials said fire crews were working to extinguish the fire when they discovered the body inside the home.

"It doesn't happen in this neighborhood and, when it happens near you, it is kind of sad," said Dave Higgins, who lives down the street from the mobile home.

He said he never knew the woman who died, though he did know her father.

Higgins said the woman mostly kept to herself in the quiet, rural neighborhood.

But, though the neighborhood is usually calm, Higgins said he's not too surprised by what happened.

"You hear every day killings and murders and accidental deaths, and it's really not shocking to me any more, because it just happens," he said. "I hate it. It's just sad that that happens, but how can you stop it anymore?"

The woman’s body has since been transferred to the State Medical Examiner’s Office, which will conduct the autopsy to determine how she died.

Once that happens, the sheriff's office will contact next of kin and determine its next course of action.

Meanwhile, the State Fire Marshal’s Office is working on figuring out how and where the fire started.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office at 405-701-8888 or Crime Stoppers at 405-701-8872.

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