Police: Meth lab reason for fire

PARKERSBURG – A fire Sunday night at a Race Street garage apartment occurred while methamphetamine was being made, the Parkersburg Police Department said on Monday.

A flash fire occurred during production of the narcotic at 1605 Race St. where police and fire fighters were dispatched at about 7:30 p.m., Police Chief Joe Martin said.

Officers located the two people who were in the apartment, Joshua Earl Boston, 35, 46th Street, Vienna, and Nicole Y. Hesson, 32, who resides at the apartment and said she was attempting to cook methamphetamine in her kitchen, Martin said.

They could not extinguish the fire and left the premises, Martin said.

Hesson received serious burns on her face and hands and was taken to Camden Clark Medical Center for treatment of the injuries and to be decontaminated from exposure to methamphetamine, Martin said.

Hesson was transferred to another hospital and a condition was unavailable, Camden Clark spokesman Tim Brunicardi said.

Boston also was taken to Camden Clark for decontamination, Martin said. He was released from the hospital and taken to police headquarters where he was interviewed by police and the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force, Martin said.

Boston was charged on Sunday with operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab, Martin said. Charges against Hesson are pending after her release from the hospital, he said.

If convicted, both face two to 10 years in prison and a fine of from $5,000 to $25,000.