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House fire fatality under investigation

House fire fatality under investigation
Photo Credit: Russell Mills
Ute street fire

House fire fatality under investigation

An investigation will determine what started a fatal fire early Monday.

Tulsa firefighters responded to the scene of a fire near 1600 East Ute Street at 5:12 a.m. after neighbors reported seeing flames coming from the house, which was at first reported to be vacant.

After firemen attempted to extinguish the flames, the fire captain ordered them to abandon efforts and let the structure burn.

About an hour later during a search and rescue procedure at the scene, firemen located the body of a man in the rear of the structure.

The medical examiner was called to the scene of the fire.

The victim's name has not been released by investigators.

Fire Capt. Stan May told KRMG at the scene that the body was badly burned, and they weren't totally sure if it was that of a male or female.

Neigbhors, though, said they know a homeless man who was staying in the abandoned home, and they believe that's whose body was found.

They say he was a friendly man who mowed neighbors' lawns and pushed carts at a nearby grocery to make a little money.

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