Deadly Nursing Home Fire Caused By Meth Lab

Ohio blaze began in resident's room
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2012 8:14 AM CST
A fire that began in this room at the Park Haven Nursing Home killed one person and injured six others.   (AP Photo/Ashtabula Division of Fire)

(Newser) – Ohio fire officials responding to a routine nursing home fire found a most unusual cause behind the blaze: A secret meth lab in the room of a nursing home resident. The blaze in Ashtabula, Ohio, killed one person and injured five others, investigators say. "When we first started to get the indications, we all sort of looked at each other and went, ‘are we seeing what we think we’re seeing?’" the city's police chief tells Fox 8. The dead man, a 31-year-old, was not a resident at the home and police are still trying to determine who created the drug lab. “This is unchartered territory for us, and I imagine about everybody else,” says the chief. (Read more nursing homes stories.)

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