House fire-meth lab

Thursday, April 26th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa Police are looking for a suspect following a house fire that could be linked to a meth lab. Firefighters were called to a home in the 8900 block of East 49th Place around 8 PM Wednesday. They found smoke pouring out of the house.

Police say a couple got into an argument with their son after red phosphorous was spilled on the floor. When the mother tried to vacuum it up, it caught fire. Two neighbors were outside the house when they saw and heard the commotion. Neighbor Kay Williams says, "And there was a loud bang where a car was trying that was blocked into the garage and he was trying to get the car out. So he was ramming the vehicle that was blocking the driveway and ramming the side of the garage door until he got it out." Another neighbor Bill Williams "She was laying at the front door, the door and got her back and got her out here and laid her in the yard where she could breath a little easier. The vacuum cleaner was sitting in the doorway and I moved it out of the doorway and I got away."

The couple was taken to the hospital for first and second degree burns. They are both were listed in serious condition. Police are looking for 22-year-old Damon Pipe. They want to talk with him about the phosphorous, which is commonly used to make methamphetamine.

The main use for red phosphorous is in the tip of a match.