Tulsa Police, Firefighters Bust Multiple Meth Labs While Battling House Fire

Tuesday, March 15th 2011, 8:13 am
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma – A fire at a Tulsa home turned into a meth lab bust for Tulsa Police early Tuesday morning.

It happened at a home in the 2100 block of North Birmingham Place about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Tulsa Police department helicopter spotted the fire from the air as it was returning from another call. Officers and firefighters arrived to find flames shooting from the roof.

As crews rushed to put the fire out, Tulsa Police said two officers noticed a woman trapped inside a car parked just four feet from the burning home.

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Police said the car was full of smoke and that the woman was incoherent. Corporal Mark Shelton said Officer Todd Henley and Officer Charles Ramsey broke into the car and rescued the woman.

"I will probably recommend the officers for a life saving award," Corporal Shelton said. "If they hadn't acted, that person would not be alive. That's the case we have here."

Police said the woman, who is about 25 years old, is expected to be okay. Her name has not been released. She told officers three people were inside the burning home, but firefighters didn't find anyone inside the home.

Neighbors told police they had seen people going back and forth from the home to another home nearby. Officers checked the other home and found a dozen shake and bake meth labs inside.

No arrests have been made.

Police are investigating.