Space heater caused fire that killed Tulsa man

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Reported by: Preston Jones
Updated: 1/06 3:35 pm Published: 1/06 3:30 pm

A man was killed overnight in a house fire in northwest Tulsa and crews are working to find out what caused the fire.

It started Sunday night near Pine and North Union Avenue.

Once the fire was under control, Tulsa Fire Department Capt. Stan May said firefighters were rotating in and out, each of them getting time to warm up inside the truck before coming back out.

Working in the snow is a big enough challenge, but then spraying water everywhere makes things very slippery and dangerous.

"We've got ice everywhere now. We've been spraying water all over the place, we've got a lot of ice, just keeping our guys, same things citizens run into, make sure we keep them warm, keep an eye on everybody," said May.

It only took crews about 10 minutes to get the fire out, but smoke continued to pour out for almost an hour.

May said crews tried to work faster once they learned that someone might be inside, but there was so much stuff inside the house that it slowed them down.

After making their way in, firefighters found one man dead. 

The Tulsa Fire Department determined the fire was caused by a space heater to close to combustible items.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/7/2014 5:09 AM
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Condolences to friends and family at such a tragic time.
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