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Woman's body found inside of a Bixby burned home


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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 10/21/2013 6:15 pm Published: 10/21/2013 5:50 pm


Investigators have a mystery on their hands in Bixby after a woman's body was found inside the rubble of a home burned to the ground, near 171st Street and Memorial Drive, on Sunday. They know who the woman is but they aren't sure what sparked the fire.

The victim's daughter spoke to FOX23 off camera. She and the fire marshal were able to piece together what happened.

The body found in the burned house was that of Wanda Anderson. The fire appeared to start in the living room near a gas heater but the cause of the fire is still up in the air.

"We have to wait for the exact reports before we know how to proceed," said Maj. Shannon Clark.

The major told FOX23 it's a waiting game now.

"The State Medical Examiner's Office will have to make a proper determination of death," said Clark. "Then you have the State Fire Marshall's Office that has to come in and make the determination of actually what caused the fire."

Until they know the cause of the fire, they can't say for sure who takes the lead on the investigation.

"Once we get their reports we'll have a better understanding of where we need to proceed with our investigation," said Clark.

For now, this will mainly be an issue for the fire marshal.

"It didn't appear to be anything that was foul play," said Clark. "They're not looking at it as anything with foul play right now it just appears as it was a fire.

Outside of the home, FOX23 saw some Halloween decorations and other lawn ornaments that appeared to be untouched by the fire. Most of the damage was on the interior and on the front porch.


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