On Monday, January 6, 2020, at approximately 1:36 a.m., a 911 call was received from a passerby of a possible house fire south of the intersection of Academy Rd. and University Ave. The exact location wasn’t known initially, based on the information from the passerby.
Guthrie Fire Department units responded to the area and located two mobile homes fully involved with flames at 1222 Reihs Dr., outside of Guthrie City Limits.
One structure was completely burned to the ground already and the second structure’s roof had already collapsed. Neighbors advised fire crews that a female may possibly be in one of the homes. Due to the fire involvement of the structures, crews immediately commenced a defensive fire attack on the two structures.
This area, being outside of the city limits, does not have fire hydrant, so water had to be shuttled in via tankers. This initially presented a challenge to fire crews, but it was quickly rectified once other tankers arrived on scene. Guthrie crews were assisted by the Crescent, Oak Cliff, Sooner and Woodcrest fire departments in extinguishing this blaze and the fire was placed under control at approximately 2:30am.
Once the fire was extinguished, a victim was discovered in the debris. The Oklahoma State Fire Marshal’s Office (OSFM) and Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) were requested to respond to the scene. The body was removed from the debris and turned over to OCME for positive identification. Guthrie crews then assisted the OSFM agent with the fire investigation.
At this time, the fire remains under investigation by the OSFM with no cause determined yet. The body has not yet been positively identified. Once this process is complete, we will have further information on the identity of the victim.