Man Burned in Meth Lab Fire, Arrested in Ashland
Man Burned in Meth Lab Fire
The Ashland Police Department says a fire in an Ashland garage left a man with burns and led to the discovery of a methamphetamine manufacturing operation.
Police were called around 11 a.m. on January 10 to a home at 1205 13th Street West on reports of a fire in the garage.
When police arrived, they found a man in the garage with burns to his face and clothing.
Police also observed what appeared to be an active methamphetamine lab burned and charred.
Authorities found a 29-year-old woman inside of the home with burns to her hand. She was treated at Memorial Medical Center for her injuries and released. The woman was then arrested.
The male was taken to Memorial Medical Center and later transported to a Duluth hospital, where he is still being treated for his injuries.
Two firefighters suffered minor injuries during the incident.
The Ashland County Department of Human Services was notified and a began a drug endangered children protocol, as there was a child living in the home. Police say, however, that the child was not present when the incident occurred.
Police say both suspects have been cooperative during their investigation. Charges of Manufacturing of Methamphetamine will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.