House Fire In Northeast Oklahoma City Ruled Arson

Monday, July 7th 2014, 6:50 pm
By: News 9

A metro family loses everything after their home went up in flames from fireworks.

Investigators are now calling it arson, and the family thinks it's retaliation, after she called police to report people in her neighborhood shooting off fireworks.

Silvia Urchinson said a group of 20 men in their late twenties, shot off fireworks all around her home early Saturday morning. She called police, then left with her son, and minutes later her home was on fire.

"It's pretty sad that you are just normal, and in a minute all that you have is gone," Urchinson said.

Urchinson is left with no furniture, no clothes, and no home after investigators said someone set her house on fire near 27th and Martin Luther King.

"I saw all the destruction, you know shooting the fireworks at each other and jumping off of the cars and kicking the cars, and stepping on my flowers, they destroyed everything."

Urchinson said she and her son got out just in time.

"I felt like God told me you just have two minutes to be alive, like if you don't do it right now you are going to be gone, and your baby is going to burn with you in that house," she said.

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While in the car, a nearby friend called to tell Urchinson that a big group of guys was setting her house on fire. She came back, but it was too late, and she feels the men burned her home because she told police they were setting off fireworks.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department says they don't have many leads because people in the neighborhood aren't talking.

"We really need someone to come forward and assist us in this investigation if they want to live in a safe city like we try to be, this stuff just can't be tolerated," said Chief Arson investigator Randy Williams.

"And the Oklahoma fire investigation will pursue this wholeheartedly as possible, we just need some help."

For now, Urchinson and her 2-year-old son Sonny are living in a hotel with only the Thunder t-shirts on their backs.

"Every time my son wakes up in the morning, he says toys, toys mama, and I just cry," she said. "I don't know what to think I don't know what's going to happen tomorrow for me and my little boy."

If you'd like to help out Urchinson, she set up an account at Tinker Federal Credit Union.

If you know anything about the fire, you're asked to call the Arson tip line at: 405-232-7766. You can remain anonymous and a reward is possible.