Family praying for fire victims, mourning lost loved one

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 1/07 10:05 pm Published: 1/07 5:01 pm

The family of the victims who died in a fire near Lewis and 32nd in north Tulsa told FOX23 they feel like they're at a crossroad.

Family members said they're torn between grieving the loss of one member and praying for the recovery of another.

FOX23 was on the scene as smoke rushed through the roof of the home Monday night.

"It's something that we're all going to miss. I don't even want to look at the house because it affects all of us," said Aireka Shaw and Tiffany Shaw, nieces of the victims.

They were next door when the flames broke out.

"I was like, 'What's going on?' He said, 'The house is on fire! The house is on fire!' And I came outside and I just immediately broke down," said Tiffany Shaw.

Fire trucks swarmed the house, but there was only so much they could do.

"Uncle Otha came out but Uncle Lee was down on the ground. And that's when all the debris of the fire just, he has third-degree burns on his neck and on his leg," said Tiffany Shaw.

He's in the hospital. But the fire killed one woman, his older sister and their aunt.

"She was a role model, she was a strong individual even for her to be 98," said Aireka Shaw.

These two sisters keep each other strong. They're staying with their grandmother, who's having a difficult time without her other half.

"It's tragic to all of us, we lost somebody that we really looked up to," said Aireka Shaw.

Looking through the pictures, they focus on one thing: "Trying to laugh instead of cry," said Tiffany Shaw.

Tulsa fire investigators said the fire started because of an electrical problem with the garage door.

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