Authorities in Ashtabula, Ohio were more than a little surprised to find a meth lab inside a nursing home Sunday night. The fire at Park Haven Nursing Home left 1 man dead and 6 injured.
Officials said they were stunned to find a methamphetamine laboratory hidden inside of a nursing home room after initially launching an investigation into the cause of the nursing home fire. Two of the men burned in the meth lab fire have charges pending against them according to The (Ashtabula) Star-Beacon. Apparently, the names of the two individuals are being withheld by authorities until they are officially charged and arraigned in municipal court.
Ashtabula Fire Chief Ron Pristera said the man who died in the fire was a resident of the nursing home. Pristera went on to describe the scene as he said:
“When we first started to get the indications, we all sort of looked at each other and went, ‘You know, are we seeing what we think we’re seeing?’”
The nursing home, which housed 39 people according to the roster, was built in 1950 and was constructed with 31 rooms.
Ohio state officials have said that over 300 methamphetamine laboratories were discovered and dismantled in 2011. Meth labs, which are used to manufacture the highly addictive illegal stimulant known as methamphetamine, are often cooked in residential areas and utilize highly flammable components which have been known to start fires like the one inside Park Haven Nursing Home which left one resident dead.
What are your thoughts on cooking meth inside of nursing homes?