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2 die after house fire in south Oklahoma

By: From Wire Reports, KOCO
By: From Wire Reports, KOCO

JOY, Okla. (AP) - The State Fire Marshal's office says two people were found dead after a house fire in south Oklahoma.

Authorities say the fire was reported early Sunday at a home in rural Murray County. Oklahoma City television station KOCO reports that five people were asleep in the home at the time of the fire.

Authorities say two people awoke and saw the curtains on fire in the home. Authorities say everyone in the home was alerted, but only three people were able to escape.

The Joy Fire Department says the home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. Authorities believe the blaze was started when an electrical system near the porch light malfunctioned.

Authorities say the home did not have smoke detectors.

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UPDATE: Murray County Undersheriff Jason Conyer said witnesses identified the victims as 19-year-old Jess Horstman of Elmore City and 19-year-old Kylie Andrews of Blanchard.

Dispatch said the original call about the fire came in at 5:52 a.m. Sunday morning. An official ruling on what started the fire is still under investigation.

Conyer said the victim's manner of death will be determined by the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office. Foul play is not suspected at this time.


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