Man suspected of starting multiple fires in Tulsa neighborhood caught
TULSA, Okla. — A man was taken into custody early Thursday after fire investigators say he set at least one home on fire.
Fire Marshal Andy Teeter with the Tulsa Fire Department said investigators were looking into a string of fires near E. Pine Street and North Atlanta Ave. and saw a man throw a tire on fire on the roof of a home that was damaged in a previous fire just before 1 a.m.
Investigators then chased the man and was able to take him into custody, Teeter said.
Around the same time, firefighters responded to a second house fire and a car fire on North Atlanta Ave., Teeter said.
“We suspect this is tied to other fires that occurred in the area,” Teeter said.
Since Oct. 23, there have been 15 fires in the area that have had similar characteristics and could be linked, Teeter said.
“We’ve come to know many of the folks around here,” Teeter said. “Not only the people that have been affected but also people of the area.”
More arrests are possible, Teeter said.