Oklahoma police are investigating after eight people were found dead at a burning house in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow.
Broken Arrow police said they are investigating the deaths as homicides but don’t think there is any continuing threat to the public.
Late Thursday night, police said that a family of eight — six children and two adults — lived at the house, but they didn’t say if the victims were members of the family, the Tulsa World reported. The children, ages one to 13, were found deceased in a bedroom in the back of the home.
During a Friday morning press conference, police said they do not believe the fire caused the deaths, but the medical examiner is expected to officially determine that.
The fire was reported just after 4 p.m. on Thursday, police said, and all eight victims were found inside the home.
“Understandably, this is a shock to Broken Arrow. It’s a safe city. Broken Arrow doesn’t have this kind of situation every day,” said police spokesman Ethan Hutchins.
Hutchins added that the crime scene is a “complex … with a lot of moving parts in the state of the house, given the fire damage, so this remains under investigation.”
KOKI reported that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had joined the investigation.
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