Meth charges filed in fire blamed on hot pastry

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- A Jackson man is in jail on charges of making methamphetamine after his motel room caught fire.

Jackson police say they arrested 35-year-old Christopher Stanly Fondren on Sunday following a fire in his room at the Old Hickory Inn.

Fondren told firefighters he was microwaving a Hot Pocket pastry when it blew up. He was treated for minor burns to his face.

Firefighters called police after finding remnants of a meth lab in the room's melted trash can.

Police say several motel rooms were placed under quarantine until officials are certain there is no danger from the toxic materials used to make meth, an illegal stimulant.

Another suspect is being sought based on surveillance video and witnesses who said a second man had been in the room.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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