The Norman Transcript


February 13, 2013

Body discovered by fire investigators

NORMAN — Norman firefighters found a single fire victim with obvious thermal burns when responding to a residential fire this morning.

Fire and police responded to the scene around 11 a.m. at 619 Villa Drive. Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey said when firefighters arrived there was heavy smoke showing from a roof vent.

Officials were withholding the name and gender of the victim, pending notification of family members.

A neighbor a few doors down, Jake Armstrong, said when he arrived home around 10:30 a.m. he had seen just a little bit of smoke coming from the home and firefighters were there within minutes.

“It’s such a tragedy,” he said.

Armstrong said the two who lived in the house were a mother and son. He believed the mother was in her 70s and the son was 45 to 50 years old.

“They’ve had it rough these last few years,” he said. “The son had broken both of his legs last year.”

Armstrong said he believed both the mother and son were smokers.

Bailey said it is unknown at this time if there were working smoke detectors in the home but firefighters did not hear smoke detectors when they entered the structure.

The two also had a dog named Jake, who Armstrong said he hadn’t seen running around at all today. Bailey said it is unknown at this time if there was a dog in the home.

“Our first priority is people,” Bailey said.

Firefighters were able to put the fire out within 10 to 15 minutes. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and will remain under investigation.


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