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Castleridge house fire leaves one dead, one injured

A house fire on Castleridge Lane left one dead and another seriously injured early Saturday morning.

Mustang Fire Chief Carl Hickman said crews were called out at 12:41 a.m. on Saturday to 512 S. Castleridge Lane.

Hickman said when the firefighters arrived on the scene there was heavy smoke and fire.

“There were reports of a victim inside,” he said.

The firefighters attempted to make entry through the front door, but were met with such heat they had to back out. After the fire was eliminated, crews were able to locate the body of Jill Vaught inside the house.

Hickman said another resident, Duncan Brouwer, was taken to the Baptist Burn Center after sustaining serious burns and injuries from escaping through a window. Two firefighters also sustained minor injuries.

Vaught, 34, was an Oklahoma City Public School teacher. Jason Vaught, brother of the deceased, said his sister had a passion for teaching and taught in the OKCPS system for 13 years. Vaught said his sister was a teacher at Linwood Elementary.

“As soon as she was able to start teaching she did,” he said. “Many teacher friends who have called and talked to me said this was a great loss to the teaching community.”

Brouwer has been released from the hospital. According to family members of Vaught, the Oklahoma Red Cross has been involved with helping find Brouwer temporary housing. A Go fund Me page has been created for Brouwer to assist with finances after losing everything in the fire.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The state fire marshal is investigating the case. Hickman said damages to the home are estimated at $150,000.


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