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The Morning Brew: Oklahoma City fire deaths on the rise

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So far 17 people have died in 2018

An early morning fire drew four alarms at this abandoned structure at 1402 NW 2 on Monday, June 25, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
An early morning fire drew four alarms at this abandoned structure at 1402 NW 2 on Monday, June 25, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman


The Oklahoman's Robert Medley takes a look at the rising fire deaths Oklahoma City has seen thus far in 2018. 

Shortly before noon on a Sunday earlier this month, firefighters arrived at a burning house on Oklahoma City's northwest side.

Inside, they found the body of Charles Allen Jr., 49, the 17th person to die in a fire this year in Oklahoma City.

It's been 12 years since Oklahoma City confronted so many fire deaths in one year. And there's almost six months still to go.

"Honestly, it's a little baffling why there are so many this year," Fire Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson said.

More here.

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An early morning fire drew four alarms at this abandoned structure at 1402 NW 2 on Monday, June 25, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

An early morning fire drew four alarms at this abandoned structure at 1402 NW 2 on Monday, June 25, 2018 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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