BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma – A tragic scene in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa, where eight people have been found dead in a burning Oklahoma house. Police say that the incident is now being investigated as multiple homicides.
The fire was reported at about 4pm on Thursday.
Broken Arrow police said that the fire and the deaths were being investigated as homicides.
Police spokesman Ethan Hutchins said the scene was complex “with a lot of moving parts,” so no other information was being released immediately.
It is being reported that a family of eight lived in the house, two adults and six children, but police have yet to identify the victims.
“We do not currently believe there is an immediate threat to the public,” Broken Arrow police said in a social media post Thursday night.
“Understandably, this is a shock to Broken Arrow. It’s a safe city. Broken Arrow doesn’t have this kind of situation every day,” Hutchins said.
A woman who was driving with her children saw the smoke and decided to drive by and investigate where the smoke was coming from. She witnessed an unidentified man, dragging a woman out of the house.
“When I got closer to the house, I saw smoke pouring out from the very top of the house, which looked like maybe the attic,” Powers told The Associated Press.
Two men and a woman on her phone were standing in front of the house, Powers said, when another man emerged from the front door dragging an apparently unconscious, unresponsive woman.
“Her arms were flopped to her sides,” she said. “She was in either very short shorts or underwear and a tight shirt.”
She described the woman as having a tan complexion “and looked maybe to be mid-twenties.”
Powers said she continued driving because she feared the woman was dead and she did not want her children to witness the tragedy.
Hutchins said federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the scene to investigate the fire, as well as Broken Arrow police and firefighters.
“And so, we’re asking the community to please pray and come together because this is something that we don’t experience as a city very often,” Hutchins said.
The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was assisting in the investigation.