TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities continue investigating the cause of a deadly fire in which two people were killed at a Tulsa church that had been closed after an earlier fire in July.
The Tulsa World reports firefighters battled the blaze for about four hours after it began early Friday morning at the Memorial Drive Church of Christ.
Fire Department spokesman Andy Little said firefighters searched the building and found two people. One individual, a man, died at the scene, while the other, a woman, died later Friday at a hospital.
Authorities had initially believed the building was vacant due to the significant damage from the July fire.
Jason Thornton, a minister with the church, said officials believe the two victims had been sleeping inside the fire-gutted building as a mattress was found near where the two victims were located.
The names of the two victims were not immediately released by authorities.
The church issued a statement, saying the congregation is “heartbroken by reports that two individuals found in our building have died.”