Investigators: Oxygen tanks not responsible for explosive Broken Arrow fire

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • Broken Arrow firefighters responded early Monday to a house fire
  • The call came about a house near Aspen and New Orleans
  • Dispatchers said explosions were reported because of oxygen tanks being in the house; investigators say the oxygen tanks did not explode
  • They do not have an explanation for the explosions.

Broken Arrow residents woke early Monday morning to explosions coming from a nearby house fire.

Around 3:30 a.m., a home near Aspen and New Orleans reportedly exploded. Firefighters originally believed oxygen tanks in the kitchen exploded, causing a devastating fire.

They since confirmed that the oxygen tanks were not impacted by the fire. They have not determined causes for the fire or the explosions heard by neighbors.

It was the second fire at the home in less than 12 hours. Firefighters responded to a small kitchen fire around 9 p.m. Sunday. There was not major damage from that earlier fire.

A couple and their dog lived at the home. The Red Cross and family are helping the couple.

The dog was taken to the veterinarian for smoke inhalation and some burns from the first fire.


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