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Man In Critical After Possible Meth Lab Explosion
UPDATE -- A man is in critical condition Thursday night with severe burns after what police believe was a meth lab explosion.
Homes evacuated, streets were blocked off as hazmat crews cleaned up what was believed to be a meth lab.
"This is one of those little towns that you never believe stuff like this goes on but apparently it does," said a neighbor, Kelly Houser.
Jamestown Police say Shaun Minney had to be airlifted to the hospital with severe burns to his torso and face from a suspected meth lab explosion. They believe he was in the middle of a cook.
"It's a very scary thing. We know that he's doing something in there improper. Normally you don't have propane tanks inside your home," said Jamestown Police Chief Rodger Tyree.
Neighbors were evacuated from their homes for nearly four hours as crews hauled away all the dangerous stuff, but left a charred mattress in the front yard.
Police still have the home blocked off because they say it's still a hazard. The explosion was so powerful it nearly knocked the windows off it's hinges and detached the wall from the roof.
"If a kid had been playing in the yard, or riding his bike, who's to say they wouldn't have gotten hurt," said neighbor, Jessica Day.
We talked with a friend who was just hanging out here a few days ago. He says he had no idea there was a possible meth lab in the spare bedroom.
"That's really scary. When it blows the whole side of the house out, it's scary," said Mark Amburgey.
Police are still investigating, but say Minney could face charges if they discover he was making meth.
JAMESTOWN -- Several homes are evacuated and multiple streets shut down right now as Jamestown police investigate a possible meth lab explosion.
Hazmat crews are inside the home right now working to secure it.
Jamestown police were called to the home on Buckles Street Thursday afternoon but it wasn't because of the explosion.
Police say the man who lives there had family members take him to the hospital. However, his burns were so severe, he needed to be airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital.
Police at the hospital were suspicious, and sent crews to his home where they found the aftermath of a possible meth lab explosion. One of the sidewalls is split down the middle. When firefighters went inside, they found items typically used to make meth.
"They discovered there are multiple propane tanks inside the residence, which we want to err on the side of caution. It's not a normal situation to find 4-5 propane tanks inside someone's residence," said Jamestown Police Chief Rodger Tyree.
Police aren't releasing the man's name, but say they are familiar with him. He just got out of jail for theft.
The Chief tells says if this in fact is a meth lab, it'll be the first one he's seen in Jamestown in his 30 years with the department.
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