The Times West Virginian

October 25, 2013

Possible meth lab investigated

Call made to 911 about explosion, but no evidence found

By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a possible active meth lab at the site of a reported explosion late Thursday afternoon off Route 310.

A call was made to Marion County 911 at 4:13 p.m. about an explosion on secluded Shady Lane just off a curve along Route 310.

One male, age unknown, was detained for questioning but was not arrested, said Sheriff’s Deputy Wesley Wheeler.

“From what we can see, there was not an explosion anywhere,” he said.

“We’re now investing a possible meth lab.”

Deputies were keeping people away from the residence.

“We can’t let anyone closer to the house. There is a possible contamination of chemicals and other things from a meth lab,” Wheeler said.

“We can’t confirm if there may or may not be chemicals that are part of a meth lab. We have not found any chemicals at this time,” he said.

He declined to comment on if or how many other people wee involved other than the one who was detained.

There were no injuries. Everyone inside the residence was gotten out. There were no children at the residence at the time.

“A search warrant was arranged for the residence, and one person has been detained,” said Deputy Matt Love. “He is at the sheriff’s office being questioned.

“Right now, we don’t have any more arrests pending. But the investigation is still active.

“Evidence leads us to believe there may have been an active meth lab,” he said.

“Any evidence will be shipped to the West Virginia  State Police lab to confirm what we believe is happening,” he said.

“We were advised it happened in the basement (of the residence),” he said. “There is no evidence of an explosion at this point, but because an active meth lab was reported, we are not going to stay inside the house without proper equipment.

“Right now, we’re waiting for officers to arrive who are properly equipped and certified to handle meth labs.

“They’ll conduct their own investigation to ensure it’s safe for other people to go inside.”

Meanwhile, officers helped two people, one in a wheelchair, into a squad car.

“They’re not part of the investigation,” another deputy said.

Shortly after, officers were seen donning protective gear.

 Love said the investigation is expected to be “pretty much completed” by this morning.

Email Debra Minor Wilson at dwilson@timeswv.com.