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Explosion and Fire Investigated in Clay Hill
Thursday, August 16, 2012

August 16, 2012
Fire at Abandoned Home Possibly Linked to Meth Production

An explosion and fire at a single-family home in Clay County may be linked to production of meth inside the abandoned home. CCSO Street Crimes detectives are on scene awaiting access to the burned out residence to begin their investigation.

At 9:45am today an explosion and fire was reported by residents in the Clay Hill area. Residents reported hearing a loud explosion and discovered a fire was burning in a home located at 1946 Open Woods Rd (cross-street is Blue Jay….Blue Jay runs off CR 218 West) . Windows of the vacant home (believed to have no power and boarded up windows) were blown out and the fire was active until approximately one hour ago.

Detectives suspect that someone may have been inside the home cooking meth earlier in the day, but cannot verify that until the investigation is completed. No persons were located inside the home. Preliminary findings by first responders indicate the presence of meth/cook related items in the home…..leading to suspicions of prior meth production at the site. The CCSO and CCFR are now waiting for the Fire Marshal to arrive. That is the agency that will determine the exact cause of the fire. Meanwhile, CCSO detectives are interviewing neighbors to gather information about who may have been in the home prior to the fire. Trained CCSO Narcotics detectives will conduct the clean up if hazardous materials (meth related) are located on the site.

Street Crimes Section Lt. Barry Abramowitz is on site and available to speak to media who arrive on scene for approximately the next hour or two.



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