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Blount Sheriff: Meth lab started motel fire

6:07 PM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
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A Maryville man is behind bars after investigators say he set a motel room on fire while trying to make meth.

According to Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong, firefighters were called to the Princess Motel on U.S. Highway 411 South around 2:15 Tuesday morning.

Investigators say Roger Pete Porter, 44, admitted that he was trying to make meth when the lab caught fire.  He and a woman who was in the room with him were decontaminated at the scene.  Porter was charged with initiating the process of the manufacture of methamphetamine. The woman was not charged.

A man in a neighboring room tried to fight the fire with a fire extinguisher, and was transported to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force. which is made up of deputies and officers with the Blount County Sheriff's Office, the Alcoa Police Department, and the Maryville Police Department, responded to the scene. 

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was on the scene to dispose of the hazardous materials.

This marks the sixth meth lab the Drug Task Force has worked this year.

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