Midtown neighbors want meth home demolished

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Updated: 5/07/2013 9:04 am Published: 5/06/2013 9:33 pm

A home that is no a stranger to meth fires is getting the city’s attention.

A home in the 4100 block of S. Zunis, Bolewood Acres, exploded on April 25th from what investigators ruled a meth fire.

In February 2012, another meth fire was reported at the home.

Neighbors have voiced their concerns and now the city is considering knocking it down.

“It’s scary, it’s scary,” said John Johnson.

FOX23 News obtained a letter sent to neighbors in Bolewood Acres, it doesn’t say who wrote it but apologizes for the meth fire and assures neighbors the one person responsible will not be moving back into the home.

The DEA’s National Clandestine Registry has listed the home, 4115 S. Zunis.

“It’s a meth house,” said Johnson.

He lives a few houses down from the meth home and fears meth chemicals have spewed from the creek into his home.

"When they found chemicals in the back this is a waterway and it can come through our waterway and our front yards easily,” said Johnson.

This is the second meth fire in two years.

In 2011, Terrell Tyson, 30 was sentenced to 18 years in prison for second-degree arson and manufacturing meth. Brian Soles, 44, was convicted of a lesser charge, Maintaining a Home where Drugs are Kept or Sold and spent a year in prison. Officials tells FOX23 News Soles was sent to the hospital with meth burns in the most recent meth fire in April.

“Each time we think it’s a final straw. Each time we get a story that it is going to get better,” said Johnson.

Tulsa Fire investigators say the meth fire is still under investigation and no arrests have been made.

Property records show Steve Smith owns the home where both meth fires happened. He lives across the street. He was not available for an interview and the men who work for Smith tell FOX23 News Soles was released from the hospital this past weekend. They allowed him to get his stuff and told him that he could not come back to the home.

The workers were told by Smith not do an-on camera interview. Neighbors want more than a letter they want Smith to listen to their concerns.

“We need this to change, we need you to take care of your property. We need you to be respectful and honorable and do what you say you are going to do,” said Johnson.

A City of Tulsa spokesperson told FOX23 News the owner has received an abatement letter and public hearing to determine if it is a nuisance will be held on May 22nd. This is the first step in determining if a home should be demolished.

Records show a drug home can be torn down if someone was convicted for drugs out of the home and also if there is fire damage.

Tulsa Police narcotic officers tell FOX23 News they are planning to meet with City Councilor and Crime Prevention Network on Monday about the drug concerns at the address.

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