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Delaware Man Arrested After Meth Lab Sparks Fire

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James F. Sparks James F. Sparks

CLAYTON, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Authorities have arrested a Clayton man they say set fire to his garage while making methamphetamine.

Delaware State Police said that shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, fire officials were dispatched to a garage fire on the 2000 block of Downs Chapel Road. Police said firefighters were conducting a search of the garage when they located equipment and component mixtures of the manufacturing stages of meth, along with key ingredients in making the drug. Authorities said three residents of the property were evacuated and the roadway was closed because they determined the situation to be hazardous.

Police said the investigation determined that 36-year-old James F. Sparks was in the process of manufacturing the meth when combustible materials used to make the substance blew up in a bottle and ignited the fire in the detached garage. He has been charged with operating a clandestine laboratory and is being at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $20,000 secured bond. The fire marshal's office also charged him with arson and three counts of reckless endangering.

Sparks was uninjured in the fire.

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