Around 7 a.m. this morning, firefighters in Oklahoma City were dispatched to a home in the 2800 block of Dorchester Drive.
Upon entering the residence, the firefighters discovered the bodies of a woman and her four young children.
The bodies were identified as Jeanine Bonnet, 28; Natalie Leon, 8; Samantha Leon, 7; Matthew Zackary Leon, 5 and Kara Leon, 3.
The mother’s boyfriend, 39-year-old Brian Poletto, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition suffering from burns to his legs and hands. Three dogs were also found dead inside the home.
According to officials, David Rupert, a family friend who was staying at the house was also injured, but refused hospitalization.
Rupert told KOCO Eyewitness News 5 that he heard popping sounds, as he left his room to investigate, he was confronted by a ball of smoke outside his room, which prompted him to jump out the window.
‘The fire was so intense that we could not make entry and had to knock the fire down before we could make entry,’ Fire Department Maj. Tammy McKinney said. ‘That’s when we found the bodies.’
She said the interior of the home appears completely gutted by the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials believe that it was a space heater being too close to combustible materials, sparked the fire.
McKinney said the home did not have working smoke detectors.
The children’s biological father told News on 6 that he doesn’t have enough money to bury his family.
He’s asking for monetary help to give his children funerals. Anyone who wants to make a donation can go to any Bank of Oklahoma and donate money to the Matthew Leon Children’s Memorial Fund.
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