Bartlesville house fire under investigation

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Investigators with the Bartlesville Fire Department continue to look into the cause of a fire Saturday night at a residence near the corner of Shawnee Avenue and Adams Boulevard.

According to Bartlesville Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Hollander, at sometime around 8 p.m. Saturday the fire department received a call from a neighbor reporting the fire.

When fighter fighters arrived to scene on the 600 block of Shawnee, they found the two-story structure "nearly fully involved" in the flames, said Hollander, but were able to execute a quick knockdown.

He said as the house was vacant, there were no injuries. The fire did however cause extensive heat and smoke damage throughout the house, as well as burn damage in the living room area in the front of the home where officials believe the fire started.

Water and electrical utilities were still on at the time of the fire, but the gas had been turned off. Holland said while it appeared nobody had been living at the home, it appeared the house had been undergoing some remodeling.

As the investigation is still ongoing, the cause of the fire is as of yet unknown, he said.

He encouraged anybody having any information about the fire to call the fire department at 918-338-4090 or to call Crime Stoppers at 918-336-CLUE.

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