Man arrested for arson after 46 apartment residents were displaced by fire | Crime News
A Mayes County man was jailed on arson and life-threatening complaints after a fire displaced 46 residents of an apartment complex south of Tulsa early Thursday.
Shawn Michael Carnahan, 37, is charged with starting a fire that spread to several units at Cobblestone Apartments near 51st Street and Memorial Drive. No residents were injured, but a firefighter was taken to hospital for treatment of a minor injury after falling into a third-story floor.
According to his arrest report, Carnahan had stayed with family members in one of the apartments, but was asked to leave. During a verbal altercation, he was allegedly forcibly evicted from another apartment in the complex. Witnesses saw him return to the building from the parking lot with a trash bag, according to investigators who say they believe Carnahan then set fire to two original spots.
Carnahan, listed as a resident of Pryor Creek, was taken to the Tulsa County Jail around 7 a.m. His bail on charges of first-degree arson and endangering life is $40,000.
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The American Red Cross responded to the apartment complex after 2 a.m. in an attempt to help displaced residents.
“Building 2 sustained significant damage,” said Johnnie Munn, senior disaster program manager for the American Red Cross. “Most of the third and second floors were heavily affected. I don’t know if anyone will be able to return to this building.
According to Munn, the fire caused about $10,000 in assistance cases on Thursday.
“The resort is working with residents on any vacant units they may have on their property, and they have sister properties that they will be working with as well, to help those they don’t have room for,” Munn mentioned. .
According to a statement from the apartment complex’s management team, 46 residents have been displaced by the fire.
“We are collecting donations to help our residents and their families. Many of them have babies, children and pets,” Meredith Clampitt of TMC Property Management said in the statement.
Donations of clothing and other items are welcome. Those who want to donate can visit facebook.com/CobblestoneTulsa for more information.