A man was found unconscious in a tunnel underneath an Oklahoma City home and a bomb squad was forced to detonate a suspicious device as investigators looked into a fire Tuesday.
The Oklahoma City Fire Department reports that at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday they were called to a fire at a home in the 2800 block of Texoma Drive. Firefighters arrived and found smoke at the home and quickly extinguished the fire. It was noted that the fire was suspicious in nature by Oklahoma City Fire Department Investigators.
Investigators asked neighbors to notify them if they observed anyone at the home when they left. A few hours later, investigators were notified that someone was back at the house. The investigators found a man at the home, but he refused to speak to them and walked into the home.
Without the authority to enter the structure, investigators had to wait until the owners of the residence arrived. The owners checked the structure and said the man was inside a “known tunnel” in the home and appeared to be unconscious. The investigators noted they smelled gasoline at the scene.
A “confined-space rescue situation” was then initiated to pull the man from the home. After fresh air was forced into the home, the man was removed. He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Firefighters say the tunnel is approximately 3-feet in diameter and goes into the ground six-feet before angling off for an unknown distance.
While searching the home, the Oklahoma City Police Department found a suspicious device. The bomb squad was called in and later detonated the device.
Oklahoma City police confirm that officers were at the home a few months ago after an improvised explosive device was discovered at the home.