Suspected meth lab blows up near in-home daycare in Metro-East

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by Russell Kinsaul / News 4 and KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 11:42 PM

SOUTH ROXANA, Ill. (KMOV) -- A suspected meth lab caught fire and blew up in a garage that sits less than 20 feet from a house that had several kids inside an in-home daycare in South Roxana, Illinois this week.

According to police, the fire happened in the middle of the afternoon in a detached garage behind a home on Gonterman St.

There were 10 children inside the home just feet away. The fire and smoke was so intense that they evacuated everyone to a nearby church.

There’s also a school next door, both in such close proximity that if it was a meth lab, the punishment will be even greater for the man who was living in the garage.

Initially there was concern that contaminated smoke may have gotten in the house, but parents say the fire department tested the air and they’re confident their kids are safe.

Police say during the investigation they discovered the in-home daycare was operating without a license. It had lapsed and wasn’t renewed.

Officers took a 33-year old man living in the garage into custody on outstanding warrants. A family friend told News 4 he is the son of the woman running the daycare.

Any meth-related charges would not come until after lab results are back in a couple of weeks.

 

 

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