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Oklahoma police are conducting a homicide investigation after 8 people were found dead in a house fire

By Raja Razek, CNN

Police in Oklahoma are conducting a homicide investigation after eight people were found dead in a house fire.

“It is a complex scene given the state of the house due to the fire damage,” the Broken Arrow Police Department said in a Facebook post Thursday evening. The circumstances behind the fire in Broken Arrow, a suburb about 10 miles southeast of Tulsa, remain under investigation, authorities say.

Police confirmed that a family of eight — including six children — lived in the house, but did not identify anyone further.

“There’s still a lot of be investigated as far as those identities,” police spokesperson Ethan Hutchins said Thursday.

Hutchins told CNN affiliate KTUL that police are looking into “what happened to these victims,” adding that preliminary reports indicated the incident would be a homicide investigation.

“When officers arrived … they found multiple fatalities in this house,” he said. “As of now, we are still investigating exactly what happened.”

Officers will be canvassing the area, talking to neighbors and “looking for possible clues,” the officer added.

CNN has reached out to Broken Arrow police for more information.

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