Tulsa police arrest woman in connection to deadly fire

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Reported by: Eddie Randle
Updated: 11/19/2013 3:46 pm Published: 11/18/2013 9:39 pm

Tulsa police arrested the aunt of two children killed in an apartment fire on child neglect charges.

Police arrested 23-year old Miashah Moses for child neglect. They said the children's mother was at work at the time of the fire and Moses, their aunt, was watching them. The fire started on Monday afternoon at the London Square Apartments near 61st and Lewis. 

They said Moses left 4-year old Noni Moses and 18-month old Nylah Moses alone for 8-10 minutes on Monday afternoon. They said something was cooking in the oven.

The Tulsa Fire Department said the fire was an accident caused by cooking.

Police said Miashah Moses tried to get back into the apartment after the fire started, but had locked the door and she and neighbors had to break the door down.  The flames kept them from getting to the children. Those neighbors were injured in the fire.

Fire officials told FOX23 News that about 20 people were waiting to get back into their apartments. The fire destroyed one apartment and several others were damaged by smoke and water.

Carolyn Thomas was looking off her balcony when she saw the flames take over the front of the apartments.

"At first, I saw the smoke coming out of the building and we had a fire before, so I knew something was going on," Thomas said.

Thomas told FOX23 News she quickly learned this fire was serious. "There was a woman lying on the ground bent over crying. We wanted to know (if) was she in the fire or not," Thomas said.

Thomas told FOX23 things changed when everyone learned there were children inside the burning apartment.

Officials said two others were injured in the fire, not 3 as originally reported. 

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Mayor Maynot - 11/20/2013 12:39 PM
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Michelle101 #8 ^]] So far you are the one in this thread. Why is that?

Michelle101 - 11/20/2013 8:36 AM
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It is interesting how Black people are the ones who get the most degrading things stated about them when in reality the ignorance lies within the person who has no idea what they are talking about. Believe it or not White trash and Hispanics take up a little more than half of the demographics who use the system and their "freebie programs" and I work for the state so I know for a fact that statistics get placed on minorities simply because that is how this wonderful country was inhibited. If you were not so ignorant you would realize that this was their's we invaded their society. You cannot discover something that was already established. So much for World History. More times than not it saddens me to be from a race so full of hate only for ourselves. KKK Leader himself Karl Schneider. You cannot live forever may mercy be on your soul. Prayers to the mother during this time of her tragic loss.

Shelly - 11/20/2013 12:12 AM
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I think the owners of London Square need yo step up and Consider the fact that there was a multi unit fire just two months ago. Even though the children's aunt failed to be home when she was frying chicken they are not legally accountable for the fire, they scould do the right thing and install a sprinkle system

Mayor Maynot - 11/19/2013 4:59 PM
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Very sad story :-( no matter what any jury ever says it will be a life sentence for the auntie.
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