Marshall County woman accused of first degree arson

By: Lauren Smith
By: Lauren Smith

POWELL, OK -- Investigators say a Marshall County woman intentionally set fire to her house while she, and her son's girlfriend, were still inside.

Marshall County under-sheriff, Danny Cryer, says the girlfriend of Rita Buckaloo's son was in the shower Monday morning when she smelled smoke.

Cryer said, "This young lady said she was going to get in the shower. and Ms. Buckaloo then barricaded herself into a bedroom and set the bedroom on fire."

Cryer says the girlfriend was not harmed and was trying to fight the flames when the fire department arrived at the home off Page Road and Highway 32 in Powell.

"Got out of the shower to find out what was going on and found out the house was on fire and she tried to get Rita out of the bedroom and wasn't able to do so.", said Cryer.

Firefighters were able to get the 53 year old woman safely out of the house but she then drove to the Fobb bottom area of Lake Texoma and attempted to drown herself.

After First responders realized Buckaloo was the one who started the fire and began searching for her, they found her a couple of hours later, floating in the lake.

Buckaloo was then airlifted to a Plano hospital last listed in critical condition.

Shad Gregory said, "My heart goes out to the neighbors and our prayers are with them."

Neighbor Shad Gregory was shocked to hear the news that's rocked this small Marshall County community.

Gregory added, "They always mind their own business. They're good neighbors."

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