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House Fire That Killed Three In McAlester Ruled Accidental

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A house fire that killed a mother and two of her children and left their father in critical condition has ruled accidental by fire investigators.

The deadly fire broke out early Tuesday morning at 507 South 10th Street in McAlester.

Joanne Sellars, Assistant State Fire Marshal tells KTUL.com that the investigators report said a floor heater ignited a pile of blankets left to close.

Alyce Edwards, and her 17-year-old daughter, Bradlee Edwards were not able to escape the home during the fire.

When fire crews arrived at the home they found the father, Brad Edwards and his youngest daughter Zoey Edwards in the front yard.

Zoey died late Tuesday inside the burn unit of Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

At last check, Brad was in critical condition in the burn unit of Hillcrest Medical Center.

Chief Brewer said two teenage children were able to escape the fire through a window.

No smoke detectors were found in the home.

According to Sellars, Oklahoma ranks sixth nationally for fire fatalities and a majority of those could have been prevented had a working smoke detector been in the home.

She also said most all the fire departments around the state provide free of charge smoke detectors for those who can't afford to buy one.

You will need to call your local department to check availability.

Here in Tulsa, residents who own their home can call 918-596-9422 and arrange for a firefighter to come out an install one.

A landlord is required by law to provide smoke detectors for tenants and they must make arraignment with the fire department to have one installed.

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