Report of fire turns into discovery of meth lab in Okolona - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Report of fire turns into discovery of meth lab in Okolona

An early morning fire turned out to be much more than that for Okolona firefighters.  Once inside the home, firefighters found what's called a "one pot" meth lab.

It is a new form of making meth that police are starting to see across the Metro area.  One neighbor doesn't want to be identified, but he has had enough: This is it right here -- this is drawing the line, so I'm out."

After Tuesday morning's explosion and fire inside his neighbor's home, he has decided to move.

Okolona firefighters were called to the apartment complex on Leisure Lane at about 5:30 Tuesday morning.

Metro Police Sgt. Stanley Salyards says firefighters discovered what's known as a one pot meth lab cooking on a kitchen stove.  It's a very simple operation that produces only a small amount of drugs at a time, but, "It's very explosive and very dangerous."

Salyards says this is one of several meth labs discovered in Metro Louisville this week: "I believe since last Saturday we've had about eight or nine meth lab dump sites."

But that's just part of the story.  There are more than sixty locations where meth labs have been discovered in Metro Louisville this year.

Police say lots of traffic is a sign your neighbor could be cooking meth, but it's not the strongest sign.  Sgt. Salyards says the include, "Any kind of unusual chemical odor that you're not used to smelling.  Ether is a good one, some fuel, or another one, maybe a strong ammonia odor."

The neighbor who is moving has called police before and believes he now knows some of the tell-tale signs of a meth lab and doesn't want to be there if it happens again.  "The narcotics officer came in and told us we were very lucky they put the fire out when they did, because it could have took out this whole bottom floor."

The person who lives in the apartment was taken to the hospital and treated for burns, but is expected to face manufacturing meth charges when he's released.

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