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Meth lab causes house fire, two arrested

Updated: Wednesday, January 22 2014, 05:24 PM EST

By: Adam Del Rosso and NEWS9


Emergency crews and investigators had their hands full in New Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon after a fire at a home as a result of a meth lab.

Captain Shawn Nelson of the New Philadelphia Police Department said the fire started at a home on Independence Circle.

Nelson said that after arriving around 2:30 p.m., crews witnessed two people running from the home. Those people have been identified as 33-year-old Shaun Michael Pfister and 35-year-old Theresa Lynn Keener.

The two were quickly caught by police and investigators said they were able to link them to the meth lab which was located on the second floor.

"In the process, they were cleaning up their debris. (They) had it bagged up and tossed it into an upstairs closet. As it sat there, it combusted," explained Police Chief Mike Goodwin.

"It does surprise me, especially here in this neighborhood," said Vicki Beans, a friend of the homeowner.

The house was vacant after the original owner passed away. Police said the duo was able to get into the house through the garage.

Nelson said the State Fire Marshal's office was out to investigate and ruled that a drug accelerant caused the fire.

"We are fortunate in this area. We have not had a lot of meth labs. It seems like it's becoming more of a prevalent problem,” said Goodwin.

The two individuals are facing charges of production of meth and could also face arson and breaking and entering charges once the case is reviewed by the prosecutor. They are being held in the Tuscarawas County Jail.

Meth lab causes house fire, two arrested

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