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One critically injured, 5 arrested after meth lab explosion in Morehouse Parish

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by Meg Smith

MOREHOUSE PARISH, La. (KNOE 8 News)--A Bastrop man is in critical condition and five of his friends arrested after a camper some of them were living in went up in flames. After more investigation, deputies say the fire was the result of a meth lab explosion, caused by a drink bottle and over the counter medications and materials.

All it took was a 32 ounce Gatorade bottle, some over the counter medicine, and a couple of chemicals to burn the camper to a crisp.

"Our office was contacted Sunday night in reference to an explosion that occurred up on North Washington Street," said Sheriff Mike Tubbs.

"We got here and found evidence that they were cooking meth," said Lt. Chris Balsamo with the Morehouse Sheriff's Narcotics Division.

Teddy Barfield, Rose Faircloth, Michele O'Conner, Tamara Webb, and Zachary McGhee were arrested in connection with the explosion. Barfield and a sixth suspect - Jeffery Walker - were allegedly inside the camper cooking meth.

Investigators say that shortly after the trailer exploded, Walker - the suspect that it's critical condition in a Shreveport hospital - jumped out of a window engulfed in flames.

"He's going to have to go through a lot of treatment for his burns," Lt. Balsamo said.

The other four suspects are charged with buying the ingredients needed to make meth.

"These individuals are trying to fly below the radar to get these ingredients," Sheriff Tubbs said.

Investigators say the suspects were using the "shake and bake" method of cooking meth when the explosion happened.

"They basically put all the ingredients in a bottle and shake them up," Lt. Balsamo said. "You're supposed to relieve the pressure. If you don't, you get what happened here."

"This is an extremely dangerous cook process," Sheriff Tubbs said.

The investigation is ongoing, and deputies expect to make more arrests.

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