Fire that killed 3 in Broken Arrow ruled an accident


By John Dobberstein, Editor

The fire that killed 3 people and badly burned another person last March in Broken Arrow has been ruled accidental. 

After a long investigation, the Broken Arrow Fire Department said the blaze began outside the residence. Radiant heat from a fowl enclosure caught the structure on fire and there was no finding of arson, said Philip Reid, deputy chief of the Broken Arrow Fire Department.

The fire happened March 12 in the Camino Villa mobile home park near Kenosha Street and County Line Road in Broken Arrow. Firefighters were dispatched around 4:30 a.m. A grandmother and two children died in the fire and one grandchild was able to escape but was badly burned.

Manuela Baray, her twin teenagers, Yaretzy Talamentes and Yovanny Talamentes, and her grandson, Jaaziel Gutierrez, were in the home when it caught fire. Manuela, Yaretzy and Jaaziel perished in the blaze. 

Baray was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and had a successful house cleaning business and was described as a "hard worker, and was loved by many people for her strong ethics and drive to succeed in life. She always wanted what was best for her family and chased the American Dream for it."

A GoFundMe page set up for the family raised more than $26,000 for the family to help with funeral and other expenses.

On March 19, 15 Broken Arrow firefighters fanned out across the same mobile home park where the fire had occurred to talk to residents about fire safety and distribute smoke detectors to those in need. 

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