Chief: 1 Dead In Ohio Nursing Home Meth Lab Fire

By Salon Staff

Published March 6, 2012 4:36AM (EST)

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — A fire chief in northeast Ohio says a drug lab in the room of a nursing home resident has caused a fire that killed one person and injured six others.

Ashtabula (ash-tuh-BYOO'-luh) fire Chief Ron Pristera says the man died Monday, following the Sunday night fire at Park Haven Nursing Home. He says the lab was making methamphetamine.

Pristera says the man was among three residents and two non-residents hospitalized. Two other people were treated at the scene.

A lawyer for the nursing home has declined to comment. Auditor's records show the home was built in 1950 and had 31 rooms. Pristera says 39 names were on its roster.

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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