One Person Dead After House Fire in Berryhill
One person is dead Thursday morning after a house fire in a Berryhill neighborhood.
Officials state that multiple crews were called out to the residence in the 3100 block of S. 57th W. Ave after receiving word of smoke and flames coming from the home.
Fire officials told KTUL that one person was found dead inside the home. The man's family identified him as 84-years-old Paul Haws. His family said he was a good, creative man that built guitars. He donated some of them for charity.
During a search of the home fire crews discovered oxygen tanks that may have been the cause of a reported explosion residents heard when the fire first began.
Neighbor Tina Westfall rushed home when she received a text from another neighbor about the fire.
"We were concerned with the north wind coming this way if it was going to affect my house," Westfall said. She said the neighborhood is a close one and she helped the Haws family facilitate dog adoptions through the Oklahoma Alliance for Animals where she works. She said she felt terrible for his family.
Crews with the Tulsa Fire Department and Berryhill Fire Department responded mutually to the fire. Tulsa County Sheriff's Office was called in to assist with the fire attack.
Investigators spent Thursday trying to identify the cause of the fire. A Berryhill firefighter told Channel 8 the cause is likely to be "undetermined" because of the extent of the damage.