OKC firefighters discover man dead at house fire on northwest side of the city


The Oklahoma City Fire Department was called to the 4300 block of Granger Avenue, near NW 43rd. St. and McKinley Ave., just after 11:30 Sunday morning for a reported house fire.

OKCFD confirmed a man died in the fire.

Anna Pyron said she enjoyed having the man who lived across the street from her as a neighbor.

"He was a different shift than me but we'd talk quite a bit," Pyron said. "Just a good neighbor."

She said she even helped the man find the place on Granger St. when he was looking for someplace to live.

"Anytime you have a rental house, you never know what you're going to get," Pyron said. "With him being someone that we knew it was a little better and that's a good thing. Because he looked out for us and we looked out for him."

She said it was a scary feeling when she went outside and saw his house on fire on Sunday morning.

"Hope it never happens but it was my first time to just see a house go up and not knowing whether he was in there or not," Pyron said.

OKCFD said it's not sure why the man couldn't get out of the house.

"They were just in a bathroom," battalion chief Jim Williams said. "Obviously a bathroom is not a real good way to try to get out. They have small windows and things but we're not sure on that at this point."

Pyron said some neighbors tried to help when the fire started.

"The next door neighbor tried to get in," Pyron said. "He went in the back door and made in to the kitchen. The smoke was so bad. He said the flames were shooting from the front room and into the kitchen. He said it was just too much."

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but he home appeared to be a total loss. No names have been released.