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JOHNSTON CO., OK- The investigation continues into a house fire and death of a Johnston county woman. It happened early Friday morning, now officials are saying the woman's death, wasn't accidental. Meredith Saldana spoke with friends of the victim.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiners office tells me they are still investigating, but did confirm that the death was a homicide.

Leaving friends and neighbors shocked.

Fire destroyed Jane Bullard's home early Friday morning in the Lake Estates subdivision between Ravia and Tishomingo.

First responders originally thought she died as a result of the fire.

Now the medical examiner's office is calling her death a homicide, shocking friends and neighbors.

Margie Ritchie was a friend and co-worker of Bullard's.

She says Bullard was inspiring to everyone around her.

"I'm going to miss her encouragement. Because I've gone back to college myself and she's been a great encouragement to me," says Ritchie. "There were days that I wanted to quit school and she made me stay. So I'm going to miss her because she was such an encouragement to me. She just kept telling me I can do it and I'm going to graduate this spring, so I could do it."

In her many years as a teacher at the Murray State College Campus in Ardmore, she taught thousands of students and everyone who knew her says they're shocked at the sudden loss of such an amazing woman.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News