Investigation Continues Into Fatal Car Fire At Norman National Weather Center
NORMAN, Oklahoma - Friday morning, police are still at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, investigating Thursday's car fire and possible suicide in the parking lot.
The bomb squad was also asked to respond to the scene. This incident happened behind the gates at the dock area of the National Weather Center, and now we are getting the perspective of the people who work inside.
It was just after 3:30 p.m. when the call came out. Jim Gardner and Bob Mills SkyNews9 HD arrived minutes later as firefighters raced to put out the flames which erupted after the car barreled through the gate and ended up in the dock area.
OU Campus Police confirmed this is being investigated as a suspected suicide. No word on who the victim was and why this happened at the National Weather Center.
Along with police, and the Norman Fire Department, the bomb squad was called to the scene. While the bomb squad was here, other media outlets report the squad detonated something although it's not clear what that was.
One researcher inside the building at the time has posted her perspective on her blog. Dr. Robin Tanamachi wrote she was on the 4th floor on the east end of the building when she could see dark black smoke.
At 3:43 p.m. she posted a photo of the car on fire when the PA system announced to those inside the building that, “An unsafe condition has been reported on the east side of the building. Please move toward the center of the building".
She went on to say the building was not evacuated. People were advised to get to the center of the building and shelter in place. She said she doesn't know more about who was involved and why this happened.