BIXBY, Okla. - A Bixby man died in a housefire early Monday morning after he re-entered the burning home to find a relative, unaware she had already gotten out safely.
Bixby Fire Chief Steve Abel tells KRMG the fire began shortly after 3:30 a.m. near the intersection of S. 86th E. Ave. and E. 169th Street, just northwest of 171st and Memorial.
Firefighters arrived within a few minutes of the 911 call to find the home burning fiercely from end to end.
Neighbors told KRMG at the scene flames were leaping more than 40 feet in the air at the height of the blaze.
Two women managed to get out of the home, and initially the man also got out, but went back in because he thought his mother was trapped by the fire, neighbors say.
Chief Abel said they cut away the exterior wall under a window to try and rescue the man and managed to get him out of the house, but he could not be revived.
The fire was too hot for firefighters to enter the home.
It took about 40 to 45 minutes to get the fire under control.
Two firefighters were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion.
No one else was injured.
No names have been released.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.