Vacant home in south Tulsa catches fire; cause of fire under investigation

Posted at 6:36 AM, Aug 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-01 07:47:30-04

TULSA -- Firefighters are investigating the cause of an early morning house fire Monday in south Tulsa.

The fire caused significant damage to the home near 55th Street and Norfolk Avenue. Firefighters received the call that the home was on fire around 1 in the morning Monday. 

Neighbors told crews they saw flames in the home that was empty for about a year. District Fire Chief John Steiner says fires at vacant homes make their jobs less stressful, but the response is still the same.

"The truth of the matter is you never know for sure, so we go through the same procedures. We implement a search and rescue, and we wait to hear the reports, and everything's geared toward a search and rescue until we get an all-clear from them."

Steiner says the home had no electric or gas service, so it's unclear at this time what caused the fire.

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