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Wife of Man killed in Fatal Fire Speaks

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RANDLETT, Okla_ The State Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating what caused Monday night's blaze that killed Steven Brown, 56, of Randlett.

Brown's wife, Tina, said the fire broke out at around 11:30 PM in their bedroom.

She said they both got out safely, but Steven decided to run back inside for the family dogs and never returned.

As you can imagine, it's been a difficult two days for her. She was released Wednesday morning from the hospital in Dallas, after being treated for burns on her face and hands. Later that afternoon, she made her first trip back to the house.

"It was just like a nightmare, like, 'Somebody pinch me'," Brown said.

This wasn't a bad dream, though. Tina Brown had just lost her husband of 17 years in a fire that destroyed a house that had been in her family for 40 years.

"It's just impossible to believe that my husband died in this home and I can't stay in there. I had to walk out, and leave," Brown said.

She said her husband was lying on their bed watching television. She had just gone to the bathroom. Tina said her husband yelled to her that he saw sparks flying from a wall socket, and within minutes, a fire started and spread to the attic. She said it wasn't too long before the rest of the home was engulfed by flames.

Tina said she and her husband escaped the blaze, and they and their neighbors then did all they could to put the fire out.

"We were throwing buckets of water and getting water hoses and neighbors had water hoses and some were trying to get the fire department down here," Brown said.

. Tina said her husband ran back in the backdoor in an attempt to rescue their family dogs. It would be the last time she saw him alive.

"It was a horrible death to think that you'd burned alive. I can't even imagine what went through his head, what went through his mind," Brown said.

As she walked around the burnt home with her father and son and remembered where items, barely recognizable, once sat, she said it helped to bring her closure with all she has lost.

"We saved the doggies, but he's no longer here. He's in a better place," Brown said.

Tina said she is staying with family members until she can get back on her feet.

The State Fire Marshal said it will be a couple of days before investigators have an exact cause for the blaze.



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