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1 Dead, 1 Arrested After Meth Lab Explodes

Last updated on Monday, May 13, 2013

(JENNINGS COUNTY) - A Jennings County meth lab fire has left one person dead and another was charged with murder.

Officers from the Jennings County Sheriff's Office responded to a home in the 1400 block of North CR 275 East around 4:45 a.m.

When they arrived, officers found the body of a 39-year-old man in a vehicle in the driveway. After investigating, officers learned he and 28-year-old Lacey D. Smith were operating a methamphetamine lab at a residence when ingredients in the cook exploded, causing a fire in the kitchen, according to a release.

Smith then put the man in the vehicle and drove him to a relative's home where 911 was called.

Smith was taken into custody and has been preliminarily charged with murder and production of methamphetamine.

Other charges are pending as the investigation is ongoing.

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