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Sheriff's officials: Fayetteville fire started by meth lab explosion

FAYETTEVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Lincoln County sheriff's officials said a massive house fire on Remington Drive in Fayetteville on Friday started because of a meth lab explosion.

"I smelled smoke, and I thought something was burning in our house," said neighbor John Derm. "I looked outside and saw the smoke. At that time, you couldn't see across the street, the smoke was so bad."

One full day after the fire, smoke still wafted from piles of brick. Debris covered the steps leading to where a home once stood. Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said the fire that destroyed a home less than 4-years-old was all started by a simple one-pot meth lab.

"It's a scary thing to know this is right across the street from our house, from our family and our children," said Derm.

Blackwelder said homeowner Teresa Baker was using the place as a "party house" where guests could find meth. He said the sheriff's department had been monitoring the home for a while due to suspected drug activity. Baker's charges include promoting and manufacturing meth in a drug-free school zone.

"We've got an elementary school right up the street here, less than half a mile up the road," said Amy Derm.

Blackwelder also told Channel 4 that Baker has a previous charge for driving into oncoming traffic in Lincoln County last September. Her vehicle eventually bumped into a patrol car. Her charges include a DUI, evading arrest, vandalism and reckless endangerment in that case.

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