Deadly house fire in OKC ruled a homicide

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A deadly fire in the metro may be the result of murder.

Police and fire were called to a burning home along SE 34th street early Sunday morning.

One man was found dead inside.

“I came to the door and smoke was just boiling out of it,” said neighbor Karan Pedersen.

Karan’s boyfriend tried desperately to rescue the man who lived in the home, but the smoke proved too thick.

“He started banging on the side of the house and hollering ‘fire’ and I said, ‘If someone is over there, they’re probably not alive.'” said Pedersen.

It turns out, the death inside the home may not be an accident.

Police say the Medical Examiner’s office has ruled the death a homicide, though it’s not clear what took place in the home before the fire broke out.

“I don’t know what went wrong but it ain’t right,” said neighbor Jerry Sherrill, who lived next door to the victim for years.

The victim is said to be have been in his 60’s and many in the neighborhood considered him a friend.

“He didn’t deserve it,” said Sherrill. “I miss my friend already.”

Sherrill says the death and homicide has left the entire neighborhood on edge.

No arrests have yet been made in the case.

“Each night now I make sure that the door is locked,” said Sherrill.

“It’s kinda scary. It’s scary because I live here by myself,” said Pedersen.

Police have not officially released the name of the victim.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the police department’s Homicide Tip Line at (405) 297-1200.



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