Arson, Homicide Investigators Look Into Deadly NW OKC Fire

Friday, September 15th 2017, 6:48 am
By: News 9

A body found inside a burning building Thursday afternoon has now prompted a homicide investigation near N Pennsylvania and NW 30.

It all happened about 4:20 p.m. at 30 Penn Books where firefighters said an adult male body was found about 20 feet beyond this front door under a pile of books. Investigators are now saying the fire was intentionally set. The victim was identified Friday afternoon as Kelly Hays, 66. Hays was the owner of the bookstore.

Several 911 calls came in about the fire Thursday afternoon. When firefighters got to the bookstore they report seeing heavy smoke. It was thick enough fire crews didn't discover the body inside until a second pass through of the structure. Fire and police investigators said they did everything they could to quickly put the fire out and get everyone out safely, but now, they believe the fire was intentionally set

"We had a good response time here," Oklahoma City fire Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson said. "(We) got inside quickly, had the fire knocked out quickly, and, unfortunately, this one turned out that there was somebody inside. Smoke can overtake you very quickly."

Police said Hays' body showed signs of trauma that appeared to be caused prior to the fire.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the homicide tip line at (405) 297-1200.