EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCharges Pending In Connection With Rand Fire Linked To Meth Lab Explosion
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Oct. 21, 2013 8:46 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 22, 2013 10:15 AM EDT
Rand , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Authorities said charges are pending in connection with a fire at a Rand apartment that an official said was caused by the explosion of a shake-and-bake methamphetamine lab.
The blaze occurred about 9 a.m. Monday at a four-unit apartment building in the 5800 block of Starling Drive. Deputies said meth-making materials were found inside the residence.
Deputies and neighbors identified the two people who lived there as Greg and Maria Young. Maria Young was found collapsed in the yard and transported to the hospital, where she was apparently being treated for smoke inhalation.
A neighbor who tried to help extinguish the blaze was treated for contamination, and three other neighbors said they also planned to be treated for contamination. At the scene, officials were conducting testing on the building and boarding up several apartments that were exposed to meth fumes.
The Malden and Rand volunteer fire departments, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office and state Fire Marshal's Office responded to the incident
A fire in Rand on Monday morning was caused by a single explosion from a shake-and-bake methamphetamine lab, an official said.
Dave Armstrong with the Kanawha County Commission reported the cause of the blaze that occurred about 8 a.m. at an apartment in the 5800 block of Starling Drive.
One person was transported to the hospital after the fire.
One person was transported to the hospital after a fire in Rand on Monday morning that caused moderate damage to a garage apartment.
The residents at the garage apartment were overcome by smoke when the blaze broke out about 8 a.m. at the apartment in the 5800 block of Starling Drive, but they were able to get out of the structure. Firefighters were able to get a dog out of the apartment, but the status of the pet was unclear. One resident refused to be transported to the hospital for treatment.
Firefighters estimated damage at $1,500 to $2,000. The cause of the blaze was undetermined.
Volunteers from the Rand and Malden volunteer fire departments were at the scene of the fire. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department also responded.
Firefighters were at the scene of a fire Monday in eastern Kanawha County.
The blaze was reported about 8 a.m. at a garage apartment located in the 5800 block of Starling Drive in Rand.
A 911 dispatcher said one person was taken to the hospital. The extent of the injuries was unavailable. Dispatchers said the blaze started in the back of the structure.
Firefighters with Rand and Malden were still on scene about 9 a.m. Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene. Keep checking wchstv.com for updates.
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