MOUNTAIN CITY — Investigators said a fire that caused severe burns to a man and destroyed a mobile home on Blant Road on Tuesday morning was caused by an explosion during the process of manufacturing methamphetamine.
“It was definitely a meth lab explosion,” Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said after his investigators had sifted through the ruins of the trailer that had burned to the ground. Emergency crews were alerted at 4 a.m.
The sheriff said one man was seriously burned in the fire and was taken to the Wake Forest Burn Center.
“We have not heard anything today about his condition, but my officers and the firefighters said he was pretty bad. He had third degree burns on 90 percent of his body.”
The man was identified as Brian Snyder.
Reece said no charges had been placed but the incident remained under investigation. The sheriff also said the trailer in which Snyder was conducting the illegal activity was not owned by him.