ASHTABULA, Ohio (CBS Cleveland/AP) — A drug lab in the room of a nursing home resident caused a fire that killed one person and injured six others, a fire chief in northeast Ohio said.
Ashtabula fire Chief Ron Pristera said the man died Monday, following the Sunday night fire at Park Haven Nursing Home. He said the lab was making methamphetamine.
Pristera said the man was among three residents and two non-residents hospitalized. Two other people were treated at the scene.
Police Chief Robert Stell told The (Ashtabula) Star-Beacon that drug charges are pending against two of the men who were burned. He declined to release their names until they have been charged and arraigned in municipal court.
A lawyer for the nursing home declined to comment. Auditor’s records show the home was built in 1950 and had 31 rooms. Pristera said 39 names were on its roster.
The fire began just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the Star-Beacon said. Firefighters were on the scene until about 1:45 a.m. Monday.
Nurse Deanna Bigley told the Star-Beacon that she saw two or three men “engulfed” in flames.
“I was taking a break and I looked through the window and I saw an explosion of fire,” she told the paper. “There was this guy and he was engulfed in flames. One of our residents put him out, but then the fire started up and he had to be put out again.”
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive illegal stimulant often cooked in homes with flammable components. State officials say more than 300 meth labs were broken up last year.
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