HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a homeless carpenter for allegedly creating a methamphetamine lab in apartments he was remodeling. The meth lab exploded, causing a fire and injuring the suspect, officer said.
On Monday at 7:10 p.m., deputies and firefighters were called to a structure fire in the 6800 block of Main Street in Houma. Part of the apartment building was being remodeled.
The Bayou Cane Fire Department extinguished the fire without anyone being injured.
A deputy on scene found out the fire might be connected to a suspected meth lab. The deputy contacted the Terrebonne Parish narcotics task force.
Agents arrived on scene to investigate and recovered several items used to create crystal meth.
Officers contacted David Clement, 56, who was the carpenter remodeling the apartments. Clement admitted to manufacturing the meth lab when the building caught on fire, according to Sheriff Jerry Larpenter. Clement was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Agents arrested Clement, who is homeless, for creating / operating of clandestine lab and aggravated arson. Clement remains in the Terrebonne Parish Jail on a $25,000 bond.