Home with meth fire may not be demolished

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Updated: 5/15/2013 12:13 am Published: 5/14/2013 10:48 am

It may not be so easy for neighbors to get a meth home torn down on their street in Midtown Tulsa.

FOX23 News has been following this story closely since a meth explosion last month in the 4100 block of South Zunis.

On Tuesday, neighbors living in Bolewood Acres met with City Councilor G.T. Bynum, officers with the TPD Special Investigations Division and the coordinator for Tulsa's Drug Home Abatement Department.

"All of us are clearly disgusted to have this home in our neighborhood and have this activity continue," said Julie Johnson.

She lives a few houses down from the meth home and says she spotted the man injured in the second meth fire return to the home.

The property manager told FOX23 News and police that man who is now a suspect will not be returning to the property. Brian Soles was convicted and served a year in prison for maintaining a home where drugs were kept or sold from the first meth fire at the home in 2011.

"There is no guarantee that in three weeks this will not be back going on," said Johnson.

FOX23 News was in the neighborhood last week when TPD undercover drug officers were doing surveillance on the home. Police say Soles is being investigated for the fire and warrant could be issued for his arrest.

"Since the fire, obviously many people are upset and provided very valuable information and we appreciate that," said TPD SID Captain, Nick Hondros.

The coordinator for the Drug Home Abatement Department, Bob Jackson, agrees the home needs attention.

"I am going to argue that property be declared a public nuisance," said Jackson.

He says declaring a home a nuisance is more of a consequence with no punishment, there is not a fine and no legal holdups. Neighbors say they want accountability.

"The outcome to me sounds doom and gloom," said Johnson.
Although, the home meets one of the criteria when considering demolishing a home, a meth conviction came from the home, health officials do not believe there is a public health hazard and there is not severe fire damage.

"There is not a case that I know of in Tulsa history where a case started out like this one, where you have a structure that is structurally sound where the city moved forward on demolishing."

Police say they did find meth materials in a bucket in the creek behind some of the homes. Neighbors say they saw it too and concerned about breathing the meth chemicals. Bynum has requested storm sewer crews to check the drains for contamination in that area.

A public hearing to discuss if the home should be declared a nuisance is scheduled for noon May 22 on the 10th floor in City Hall at Second and Cincinnati.

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