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Two Men Injured In Tulsa Apartment Meth Lab Fire

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A suspected meth lab fire injured two people and damaged at least four units in the Bristol Park Apartments located at 4500 South Garnett. A suspected meth lab fire injured two people and damaged at least four units in the Bristol Park Apartments located at 4500 South Garnett.
A 29-year-old man was transported to a Tulsa hospital with third degree burns to his entire body and a 23-year-old man suffered smoke inhalation, according to police. A 29-year-old man was transported to a Tulsa hospital with third degree burns to his entire body and a 23-year-old man suffered smoke inhalation, according to police.
"Oh the smoke was just everywhere. I mean there was plenty of white smoke and black smoke," said Ivan Stevens, a Bristol Park Apartments resident. "Just literally couldn't see, the smoke was that thick." "Oh the smoke was just everywhere. I mean there was plenty of white smoke and black smoke," said Ivan Stevens, a Bristol Park Apartments resident. "Just literally couldn't see, the smoke was that thick."

By Tara Vreeland, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A suspected meth lab fire in an east Tulsa apartment has injured two people, according to the Tulsa Fire Department. The fire damaged at least four units in the Bristol Park Apartments located at 4500 South Garnett.

A 29-year-old man was transported to a Tulsa hospital with third degree burns to his entire body and a 23-year-old man suffered smoke inhalation, according to the Tulsa Police Department.

Both men were transported in fair condition.

After the call came in, Tulsa police and fire departments responded and immediately started evacuating the apartment building.

Tulsa Fire crews evacuated two more apartment buildings at the Bristol Park Apartments Saturday night after a gas line was ruptured.

Firefighters say it appears the maintenance crew putting up a fence around the building damaged in the suspected meth lab broke the gas line; therefore, making it necessary to evacuate the other two buildings.

ONG crews hope to have residents back inside their homes soon.

Despite the problems, one resident said even if a man was cooking meth and caused that whole mess, she doesn't blame him.

"Apparently he's hurt. And, there's somebody in the hospital that's critical. So, I'm not gonna be putting them down when I just wanna pray that God heals them," said Deborah Austin, Bristol Park resident.

A Tulsa Police Reserve officer called in the suspected meth lab fire Saturday morning after he saw smoke billowing heavily from the Bristol Park Apartments.

Most neighbors say they were shocked.

"Oh the smoke was just everywhere. I mean there was plenty of white smoke and black smoke," said Ivan Stevens, a Bristol Park Apartments resident. "Just literally couldn't see, the smoke was that thick."

"I was shocked when they first told me there was a fire. I expected to come out and it was just starting, but to see the fire was in full blaze at the time, that kind of blew me away," said Ivan Stevens.

EMSA took two men to Hillcrest Medical Center.

"They said (the 29-year-old) was burned on his face and his back," said Capt. Tim Markcotte, Tulsa Fire Department.

"My understanding is they are chemical-type burns, which you would associate with a meth lab. There's also statements from our victim that meth was involved," said Capt. Alexander.

Despite being burned, police say the 29-year-old victim claims someone else was cooking meth. Tulsa Fire says there weren't a lot of chemicals involved, which indicates the meth lab may have been from the shake and bake method.

"When you have these shake and bake cooks, that if you get the overpressure in the bottle they can explode, and it can be a very significant explosion. Plus, it's not just an incendiary explosion, but a chemical explosion. So the chemicals fly everywhere throughout the apartment and cause an extreme fire in a short amount of time," said Capt. Alexander.

Two apartments were burned and four had smoke and water damage. But the entire building had to be vacated. The Red Cross is working to assist those displaced by the fire.

The names of the victims have not been released. Their conditions are unknown at this time and the fire is still under investigation.

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