Authorities Respond to Fire, Find Meth Lab

Richland County, SC (WLTX) - Authorities responded to an apartment fire that is believed to have been caused from manufacturing methamphetamine Saturday night.

According to deputies, the Columbia Fire Department responded to apartments on the 7600 block of Hunt Club Road around 6:30 p.m. regarding a suspicious fire.

Once the fire department determined a methamphetamine lab was inside the home, the Richland County Sheriff's Department was called in.

Investigators say the suspects fled the scene when the fire department arrived.

Officials say the fire caused $15,000 worth of damages and only impacted the room and contents of one unit.

No injuries have been reported.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department and the Richland County Fire Marshall are continuing to investigate this incident,

Anyone with information about the individuals operating the methamphetamine lab is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to www.midlandscrimestoppers.com. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.


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