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Deadly house fire in Pryor under investigation by OSBI, state fire marshal

Posted at 8:52 PM, May 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-13 04:16:58-04

PRYOR, Okla. — For neighbors living on Elliot Avenue, they said their first reaction was relief that their own family was okay.

Then Nayesah Rich felt shock at the damage that took the lives of what she said was a quiet couple: a man and woman in their 30s.

"Nothing ever happens on this street. We're always outside with our kids hanging out. The biggest thing would be somebody speeding through here," Rich said.

Casey Harris said he moved down the street from Roosevelt Elementary because it's a good place to raise a family, never expecting something like this to happen.

"We're close to a good school district here. People are real nice around here, real friendly. So this is kind of off-the-wall if something bad did happen that was criminal," Harris said.

Pryor's fire department found bodies in the home when putting out the flames Sunday morning. Those nearby said the couple often waved to those passing by, never making much noise.

"Never seen any cars coming in or out or anything like that. They were just kind of to themselves. The whole neighborhood is through here," Harris said.

The cause is under investigation by the state fire marshal and bureau of investigation.

Harris moved to Pryor to send his children to school just down the road. But he said if the cause of the fire is criminal his family may consider leaving.

"I wouldn't want to stay here. If that's the case and stuff like that is going to happen close to home like that... I'll be ready to move real quick," Harris said.

Both neighbors said they didn't hear anything overnight or see any suspicious activity leading up to the fire.

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