St. Louis Boarding House Explosion Possibly a Meth Lab Fire, Burn Victim "Evasive, Police Say


Firefighter investigates possible meth fire. - VIA KSDK
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  • Firefighter investigates possible meth fire.

Police say that a 44-year-old man suffered burns on his face and chest from a fire over the weekend, which occurred in the basement kitchen of a boarding house in the Shaw neighborhood.

The victim, however, was "evasive" in detailing how he was burned, police say.

And that might be because the explosion was a meth lab mishap.

For starters, officials investigating the scene of the fire uncovered meth materials on site, police say.

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The explosion happened on Saturday at around 4 p.m. on the 3600 block of Castleman Avenue.

The fire department received a call for an explosion at that address, which officials say was a boarding house. Upon arrival, they found a victim -- a white male, age 44 -- suffering from second-degree burns on several parts of his body.

He went to the hospital and meanwhile police found "remnants of precursor meth materials" in a bedroom in the house. It seems he was not all that clear when police questioned him about the potential cause of the fire.

Castleman Avenue where the fire ignited. - VIA GOOGLE MAPS
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  • Castleman Avenue where the fire ignited.

There was no damage to the building and the investigation into a possible meth operation -- and what caused the explosion in the first place -- is ongoing.

Here's a video from KSDK (Channel 5) showing the aftermath of the fire, followed by the full SLMPD incident report.

Incident: Fire (Injury), Recovered Article
Location: 3600 block of Castleman
Date/Time: 5/18/13 @ 4:00 p.m.
Victim: 44-year old white male
A call was received from the Fire Department for an explosion possibly meth related at the above residence, which was determined to be a boarding house. The victim suffered 2nd Degree burns to his face and chest from a fire, which occurred in the basement kitchen of the building. The victim was evasive in detailing how he was burned. He was conveyed to area hospital for treatment. While the Fire Department was investigating they located remnants of precursor meth materials in a bedroom. There was no damage to the building from the explosion/ fire. The investigation is ongoing.

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