Chief: 1 Dead In Ohio Nursing Home Meth Lab Fire

By Salon Staff

Published March 6, 2012 4:27AM (EST)

ASHTABULA, Ohio (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.

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.

Salon Staff

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