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2 Fires in Franklin County Blamed on Meth Labs

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STANTON, Mo. (AP) – Investigators in Franklin County, Mo., say methamphetamine labs are responsible for two fires in recent days.

The Washington Missourian reports that fire broke out Aug. 16 at the Lone Pines Motel near Stanton, forcing an evacuation of the complex. Detective Scott Briggs says meth lab components hidden in a crawl space under a room were the source of the fire, and investigators also found a one-pot meth lab in a freezer in the room. A man was arrested but charges have not been filed.

The motel was condemned as a result of the fire and will have to be decontaminated and repaired.

Earlier this week, fire damaged a vacant home on a farm near Labadie. Investigators found evidence that a one-pot meth lab started that fire.

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