1 dead after house fire in northeast OKC Thursday

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Authorities are investigating a Thursday night house fire in northeast Oklahoma City that left one man dead and another man injured.

Shortly after 9 p.m., firefighters responded to a 911 call of a fire in the 2100 block of NE 20. The caller reported someone was still inside a single-story home which had heavy smoke coming from its attic.

Firefighters found an adult male dead near the front door and another man lying unconscious in the front yard. The second male, a neighbor who firefighters believe had attempted to rescue the victim, regained consciousness and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

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A home on the 2100 block of NE 20 is pictured in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. Authorities are investigating a a fatal fire at the home.
A home on the 2100 block of NE 20 is pictured in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 28, 2022. Authorities are investigating a a fatal fire at the home.

The name of the victim was not released by the fire department.

OKCFD Chief Benny Fulkerson said smoke alarms were working inside the home, but it's not uncommon to find a victim at the front door after a fire.

"You may have lived in your house 20 or 30 years and know your house like the back of your hand, but when you're in a smoke-filled environment where it's hot and you can't see, you're choking — it's easy to see how you could become disoriented," he said.

Firefighters brought the fire under control with no further injuries, and no one else was found inside. Losses were estimated at $28,000, and a joint investigation between the fire department and local police will determine the cause of the fire.

This article originally appeared on Oklahoman: 1 man dead, 1 injured after northeast OKC house fire Thursday

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