Firefighters discovered the body of a man following a shed fire. The fire burned near Southeast 44th Street and South Shields Boulevard on Saturday morning.
“The whole backyard was on fire,” neighbor Dokota Perez said.
Neighbors said they’re in shock after crews blocked off their street early Saturday to battle the fire. When he woke up, Perez said the flames were right outside his window.
“I instantly panicked,” Perez said. “As soon as I woke up, I jumped up and ran to the kid’s room.”
When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a shed behind the home, completely engulfed in flames along with an RV.
Perez said the fire grew close enough for him and his family to evacuate.
“Praying that it wasn’t going to spread to us because it was big,” Perez said.
Another neighbor said his mom heard what sounded like an explosion. When he went to look, he quickly noticed the smoke coming from across the street.
“At first, it was just flames and then from there, when the firefighters came, it turned into just black smoke everywhere,” neighbor Orlando Dominguez said.
As firefighters worked to contain the flames, they quickly discovered a man who was later pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said they learned a woman had been seen with the victim prior to the fire.
“It is our understanding that they had permission and they were allowed to stay in that out-building,” Oklahoma City Fire Department shift commander Sean Cobb said.
However, the woman was not at the scene when firefighters arrived. No one else was hurt during the incident. Fire damages are estimated at around $20,000.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Oklahoma City police is also working on its own investigation.