UPDATE: Wed. 7:45 a.m.The deceased has been identified by dental x-ray comparisons as Tyler Spears, 6 years old. The cause of death is carbon monoxide toxicity and thermal injury. The manner of death is pending.
Tyler Spears, 6, was killed in his bedroom early Tuesday when an explosion rocked his house in southwest Oklahoma City, authorities said.
From across the street, the blast awoke LaDonna Wooldridge, who then ran outside and found Tyler’s grandmother had fled the burning house. Carolyn Cooper was frantic in front of the home where her grandson had lived at 1310 SW 23.
Stacy Schilberg, a neighbor, said other children and family spent time with Tyler on Sunday during an Easter egg hunt.
“It’s very devastating. I can’t believe it. He is only 6. It is a loss of life,” Schilberg said.
About 5:10 a.m. Tuesday, houses shook and fire engulfed the home where Tyler lived with his grandparents.
Wooldridge said other neighbors helped Carolyn Cooper escape the burning house. Mark Cooper was at work, Wooldridge said.
“My house started rattling just like an explosion,” Wooldridge said. “My son looked out the door and said, ‘Oh my God, Carolyn’s house is on fire!’ And I just took off runnin.’”
Fire Battalion Chief Mike Walker said firefighters found Carolyn Cooper was outside of the house. She told firefighters she had been in the bathroom getting ready for the day when there was an explosion. She escaped through a window, Walker said.