Man arrested in Saturday house fire blamed on meth lab
BY ZACK STOYCOFF World Staff Writer
Thursday, June 07, 2012
6/07/12 at 1:59 PM
A man was arrested Wednesday on accusations that he started a house fire Saturday while making meth, a police report shows.
A Tulsa police officer spotted Larry Gene Pendergrass, 44, walking through a parking lot near 7500 E. Admiral Place about 8:45 p.m. and recognized him as a suspect in the fire, according to the report.
Pendergrass left in a car and was quickly stopped by police, the report says.
He was wanted in a fire that broke out about 6:30 p.m. Saturday and damaged an estimated 75 percent of a house in the 6200 block of East 17th Street, according to police and firefighter reports.
Investigators found meth-making components in the house.
Pendergrass was booked into the Tulsa Jail without bail on complaints of drug possession, manufacturing methamphetamine and first- and fourth-degree arson, records show.
He pleaded guilty in March to drug charges related to an incident in September, court records show. He is set to be on probation until 2016.
Fire crews responded to a house fire near 17th Street and Sheridan Road on Saturday and found components of a meth lab inside. AMANDA BLAND/Tulsa World