3 charged in Maury Co. motel meth explosion - WSMV News 4

3 charged in Maury Co. motel meth explosion

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Columbia police have charged three people after a methamphetamine explosion at a Columbia motel on Thursday.

Adam Arabis, 23, Derrel Pack, 43, and 50-year-old Raymond Stringfellow are charged with three counts of reckless endangerment, one count of manufacturing meth and one count of promoting meth.

The explosion occurred inside a room at the Polk Motel around 4:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Nashville Highway.

Two of the men were decontaminated at the scene and taken to the hospital as a precaution. A third fled but was captured later.

Columbia Fire Cpt. Mark Gandee was one of the first people on the scene.  He said he saw smoke and some flames and began evacuating the area.

"I believe the rooms on either side were occupied at the time of the explosion. We got those people removed to safety quickly," said Gandee.

Three units were damaged, and part of the roof was blown off the building.

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