Three arrested after suspected meth lab fire
PARKERSBURG – Three people were arrested Thursday after evidence of a meth lab was found after a fire burned out a shed at a Parkersburg residence, officials said.
Parkersburg Police responded to 4318 11th Ave. Thursday to investigate a fire that destroyed an outbuilding.
Parkersburg Fire Chief Eric Taylor said the department was called to the scene at 10:20 a.m.
“It was completely on fire when they got here,” neighbor Melody Crouser said. She added the heat from the blaze warped the plastic trash cans beside her house.
Taylor said it took firefighters about 10 minutes to get the fire under control.
The cause of the fire was initially listed as undetermined, Taylor said. There were no utilities connected to the building, he said.
However, police officers remained on scene well after the fire department left, questioning individuals at the house.
Fire officials said the property is owned by Lynn Dodrill of Parkersburg, who is selling it on a land contract to Steve Anderson.
Taylor said the building was destroyed and estimated damage to the outbuilding and its contents at $3,000.
After the fire was extinguished by the Parkersburg Fire Department, investigators began to look for the cause, said Parkersburg Chief of Police Joe Martin in a press release.
“All possible causes were ruled out and detectives began to conduct interviews with the residents who resided at this location to determine what had taken place prior to the fire,” Martin said. “Detectives were able to locate items that are consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine: a reaction vessel, empty pseudoephedrine boxes, lithium batteries, and instant ice packets were located at the scene.
“These items are associated and consistent with the manufacturing of meth,” Martin said.
Police arrested Carrie J. Fletcher, 51, 36 Cherokee Way, Elizabeth; Aaron C. Wright 24, P.O. Box 191, Ellenboro and 4318 11th Ave., Parkersburg, and Ricky W. Wright, 59, of 4318 11th Ave., Parkersburg.
They were charged with operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug laboratory. After being interviewed by detectives, they were processed and taken to Wood County Magistrate Court for arraignment and now remain in custody in the North Central Regional Jail.
Fletcher’s bond was set at $75,000 and the bonds for Ricky Wright and Aaron Wright were set at $65,000 each.