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Origin of Midwest City/Choctaw fire still unknown

From Staff Reports Modified: April 14, 2009 at 5:04 pm •  Published: April 14, 2009
/articleid/3361405/1/pictures/558828">Photo - Winston Barton, center, talks to Valerie and Matt Waxenfelter in front of a destroyed home in the Oakwood East Royale neighborhood Tuesday morning. By Jim Beckel.
Winston Barton, center, talks to Valerie and Matt Waxenfelter in front of a destroyed home in the Oakwood East Royale neighborhood Tuesday morning. By Jim Beckel.
“We’re just really trying to follow up leads now before we determine where we want to go.”

Lojka said he could definitively say that there was no welding or any other industrial activity that could have started the fire, but there were numerous other possibilities, including everything from setting a fire for cooking to lighting incense at a “hideaway.”

“If they were people who were hanging out there for any reason in an abandoned mobile home, motor home or a bus or whatever else that was burned out there, they may have lit a fire and it got out of control,” Lojka said. “That was intentionally set but without malice.

“Somebody did not accidentally flick a cigarette out there, because it’s too far from a road. People were there. They were engaged in an act that would have ignited the fire. And they did it intentionally but we don’t know what their intent was,” he said.


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