EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCULLODEN APARTMENT BLAZE
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Resident At Apartment Complex Fire Relocated Second Time
Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 23, 2012 11:02 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 24, 2012 10:25 AM EDT
Culloden , Cabell County , West Virginia
The past few months haven't been easy for Samantha Heath. She lives at the Maplewood Place, an apartment complex where former tenants were arrested for cooking meth back in August.
"I have to leave a second time,” Heath said. “God knows when they'll get the electric back on, that's the only thing keeping us out now."
Fire broke out Tuesday morning in a unit at the apartment complex. Only two people lived in the building and nobody was hurt. Now, Heath has to find a new place live.
In August, eight families had to evacuate the complex after police arrested five people who were allegedly cooking meth. The suspects allegedly made the drug in the same unit that caught fire Tuesday morning.
Firefighters at the scene said they don't believe the fire started Tuesday from a meth lab, but they're not ruling it out. Heath doesn't believe meth played a part in the fire either.
"I don't think it was a meth lab," Heath said. "I think somebody wanted to get even, so they set it on fire because they weren't allowed back in the building. Four apartments were contaminated and there a lot of mad people."
Culloden Fire Chief Jason Burger said it's still up in the air exactly how the fire started. An investigator with the State Fire Marshal's Office is expected to be at the scene Wednesday.
Firefighters responded to a fire at an apartment complex about 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Crews on the scene saw smoke coming out of the Maplewood Apartments in Culloden, emergency dispatchers said. Two people are reportedly homeless after the fire.
Eight families were displaced over the summer when police discovered a meth lab. Five people were arrested. The hazardous chemicals made it difficult for police to investigate.
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