One Man Dead after a House Fire in Oklahoma City. Lack of Hydrants Hampered Fire Suppression Efforts

It appears from the story that the fire had consumed a good portion of the house by the time firefighters made it to the scene. Once there, they had to shuttle water in via tankers and portable ponds.

The brother of the woman who owns the home told Eyewitness News 5 that she came home and noticed the fire. She told fire officials that she believed her husband, who is disabled, was inside.

Neighbor Sharon Kerrens identified the man as Thomas Boyle. She said the man who lived there had recently suffered two broken hips.

“He was like a brother to me,” Kerrens said.

She said Boyle’s wife tried to get into the house but found that the smoke was too heavy.

“By the time (firefighters) got there, it was fully engulfed and there wasn’t any hope for anything,” Kerrens said.