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Fire tears through empty house in West Tulsa

Posted at 6:15 AM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 08:45:54-04

TULSA - Investigators are looking into the cause of an empty house fire Tuesday morning in West Tulsa.

Crews determined it started on the outside of the home in the 2100 block of West 39th Street.

Fire officials said the home looks like it's been empty for a while and and that's one of the reasons investigators were called to the scene.

Fire crews received the call a little before 3 a.m.

The fire started on an outside porch then flames spread into the home, destroying more than 20 percent of the house.

Officials said they didn't have any issues and put the fire out quickly.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

“It's hard to tell if anyone actually lives in the home," said District Chief Charles French, Tulsa Fire Department. "It looked like it was occupied at one time but it doesn’t look like anyone has been here in the last month.”

French said there was also nothing in the fridge and looked like the mail had not been checked in a while.

He said fire crews try to find the cause of the fire themselves, but in this situation, when there's no one home and no reasonable explanation, they have to call investigators in.

French said they are also going to speak with neighbors and try to get more information to see if they knew who owned the home and if anyone had been there recently.

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