MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - A meth lab fire and explosion at a home on Parktrace Lane in a Huntsville-annexed community adjacent to Owens Cross Roads surprised neighbors Wednesday afternoon.
Huntsville Fire crews, Huntsville Police, STAC Agents and DHR were on the scene at Highland Park.
Captain Frank McKenzie said they responded to a call of an explosion and found a mattress on fire when they arrived. They were able to put the fire out safely.
Madison-Morgan County HIDTA Drug Task Force (STAC) Agents confirmed that the fire started due to a one-pot or "shake and bake" meth lab involving a soda bottle.
Police say three children were at the home at the time of the fire, as well as two adults who left the scene after it happened.
Authorities will be obtaining warrants for Johnny and Abigail Marshall on 1 count of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance and 3 counts of Chemical Endangerment to a Child.
At this time there is no confirmation on any injuries.
"I'm concerned, first of all, that the kids are ok," commented one neighbor, Marti Moe. "Drugs are rampant everywhere, but I was completely surprised that they would be right down the street."
She added that in the quiet streets of Highland Park, this kind of thing is rare.
"We do a lot as a neighborhood together, and it's very uncharacteristic for Highland Park," she said. "I guess that all of us need to be aware of what's going on next door, for the sake of the kids."
The STAC team and Huntsville Police continue to investigate the incident.