Authorities Find Eight People Dead In House Fire, Police Launch Homicide Investigation

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Nicole Silverio Media Reporter
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Authorities in Oklahoma have opened up a homicide investigation after finding eight people dead in a house fire, the Broken Arrow Police Department announced Thursday.

Officers arrived at the scene at 4:05 a.m. and found two adults and six children dead in the 400 block of S. Hickory Ave in Broken Arrow, police spokesperson Ethan Hutchins told KTUL. There is currently no confirmed information on the cause of the fire or the identities of the victims.

“It is a complex scene given the state of the house due to the fire damage,” the department said in a Facebook post. “This remains under investigation. We do not currently believe there is an immediate threat to the public.”

Hutchins said the investigation is still in its early stages and thus did not reveal whether there were any survivors or if they are searching for a suspect. (RELATED: Former Kentucky Judge Tom Emberton Dies In House Fire While Saving His Wife’s Life)

“When officers arrived … they found multiple fatalities in this house,” Hutchins said. “As of now, we are still investigating exactly what happened.”

Authorities are in the midst of investigating the causes of the fire, but the early stages appear to be a homicide.

“The early stages appear to be a homicide,” he told reporters. “I don’t know, and I really can’t share right now what that might look like, that’s just what detectives have told me.”