Firefighters suspect space heater started a car fire that killed a man in east Tulsa

Posted at 5:39 AM, Jan 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-13 11:14:26-05

TULSA, Okla. - A man believed to be homeless is dead after a car caught fire early Saturday morning.

Firefighters said they responded to a lot near Memorial and Admiral to a reported structure fire. When they arrived, though, they found two vehicles on fire.

Once they put out the flames, firefighters found a man's body inside one of the vehicles. Right now, they believe the victim is a homeless man. They said a space heater used by the man is most likely the cause of the fire.

Investigators said the victim had a space heater inside the vehicle attached to an extension cord that ran to a commercial building. Firefighters said the business owner allowed the man to sleep in a vehicle in the lot. 

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