North Tulsa house fire ruled arson

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Updated: 10/15/2013 4:14 pm Published: 10/15/2013 4:13 pm

Fire investigators say an early morning fire was started by an arsonist.

The fire broke out near North Boston and Marshall Avenue around 6:30 a.m.Tuesday.

Investigators said the fire started in the back of the house. They believe it could have been caused by a cigarette or even a small fire lit for warmth.

But regardless, the house is abandoned and investigators said whoever was inside was trespassing and started a fire that destroyed the house.

Anthony Daniels said it was the fire trucks, sirens and smell of smoke that got him out of bed.

"I am thinking I'm dreaming and I look out my window and see this orange glow across the street," he said.

FOX23 crews were on scene not long after fire crews and saw flames in the back of the house and smoke pouring out of the roof, which worried neighbors.

"It could have easily spread to trees, across the street or the whole back row of houses," said Daniels.

At one point TFD Capt. Stan May said the flames were so big firefighters had to back out of the house and fight from the outside.

After about an hour, the flames turned to smoke

"I'm wondering how this house caught on fire," said Daniels.

He told FOX23 he didn't see anything unusual, but noticed something suspicious lately.

"I see a lot homeless people going back there," he said.

Investigators are working to find out if that was the case, but said it's definitely a possibility.

No one was in the house when it caught fire. Neighbors said it's been vacant about six months.

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