Man burned when meth lab explodes in home

Posted: 30th April 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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DAYTONA BEACH — A man was severely burned in an explosion Friday morning while making methamphetamine at a Fairway Estates house known for drug activity, police said.
Daytona Beach police in hazmat suits investigate the contents of a house on Margina Avenue in Daytona Beach on Friday,  April 27, 2012.

The Daytona Beach Police Department at 6:50 a.m. learned Kenneth Roberts, 44, had burns and injuries consistent with chemical exposure, possibly a meth lab explosion or related fire, according Detective John Creamer, police spokesman.

Roberts’ injuries were so severe he was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to treat his burns. He was in stable condition later Friday, Creamer said.

Officers responding to 1210 Margina Ave. found the remnants of a fire consistent with materials used in the production of methamphetamine.

The home was not occupied when officers arrived.

“Due to the possible danger associated with the manufacture of meth and the volatility of the chemicals involved, detectives (along with emergency workers, a meth disposal team and drug agents) responded to the area and have begun the lengthy process of identifying the chemicals and containing any hazardous materials,” Creamer said.

Roberts was arrested April 8 after detectives found the remains of a meth lab at the same house. In that case Roberts and his roommate Rodney Garr, 40, were both charged with making meth. Garr was not involved in Friday’s explosion, Creamer said.

Investigators believe Roberts was alone this time, Creamer said. The investigation continues and additional charges could be filed against Roberts.



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