Five people were arrested Friday after officials responded to a fire at a Defiance residence where a meth lab was discovered.
Zachary Hancock, 23, 11064 Kepler Road; Justin Mann, 19, Fremont; and Alissa Andrews, 28, Brandi Hale, 23, and Kurtis Puckett, 26, all of 10621⁄2 Holgate Ave., all have been charged with illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a second-degree felony.
According to Doug Engel, director of the Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force (MAN Unit), the charges stem from a meth lab that was discovered at 10621⁄2 Holgate Ave., when officers with the Defiance Police Department were called to the address for a disturbance complaint Friday at approximately 9:25 p.m. Officers discovered smoldering carpet in an upstairs apartment that Engel said resulted from a vessel failure during the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
The Defiance Fire Department was called to extinguish the fire.
According to Engel, one person was treated at ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital for chemical burns before being released and transported to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, rural Stryker. He declined to release the victim's name. Defiance Assistant Fire Chief Tim Bowling said the fire caused minor damage to an upstairs residence. A damage estimate was unavailable. He said occupants of the downstairs residence were able to remain in the home following the fire.
The five suspects were being held at CCNO, and had video arraignments this morning in Defiance Municipal Court. Bond was set at $150,000 for each and their hearings were continued until 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.
The Defiance County prosecutor's office will review the cases for presentation to a Defiance County grand jury, according to Engel.
He said people need to be aware of the significant dangers involved in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
"Anyone that smells a strong ammonia odor and a chemical smell -- they need to report that to their local law enforcement agency," Engel said.