6-year-old dies in house explosion in southwest Oklahoma City

A 6-year-old boy was killed Tuesday when a house exploded and caught fire in southwest Oklahoma City. The boy’s grandmother was hurt in the fire.
by Robert Medley Modified: April 23, 2014 at 7:53 am •  Published: April 22, 2014

Firefighters found Tyler’s body in his bedroom.

“He was still where he was in bed. She couldn’t get to him. All she could talk about was, ‘Get my baby! Get my baby out of there!’” Wooldridge said.

Carolyn Cooper suffered injuries to her back and arm and was taken by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital, Wooldridge said.

Damian Marshall, 11, one of Tyler’s cousins, said he played soccer and other games with the boy in the neighborhood. “He was fast,” Damian said.

Wooldridge said she is taking care of three of the Coopers’ Chihuahua puppies that survived the explosion.

Wooldridge said investigators are looking at the possibility that there was a gas stove explosion. Fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said the cause of the fire had not been determined Tuesday, but the total loss — including value of the structure, its contents and a vehicle — was $87,000.

Tyler was a kindergartner at Columbus Enterprise Elementary School, Oklahoma City Public Schools spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin said. Counselors were available to students and staff Tuesday.

Tyler’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office Tuesday morning, a spokesman said.

Carolyn Cooper was in good condition Tuesday at St. Anthony Hospital, spokeswoman Sandra Payne said.

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by Robert Medley
Breaking News Reporter
Robert Medley has been a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1989, covering various news beats in the Oklahoma City metro area and in the Norman news bureau. He has been part of the breaking news team since 2008. A 1987 University of Oklahoma...
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