UPDATE: Fayetteville Woman Hospitalized After Meth Lab Explosion Takes Responsibility

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Fayetteville Police said that the woman being treated for injuries from a meth lab explosion has taken responsibility.

She said the man that was also treated for injuries was not at fault.

No names have been released.


A woman is being treated for injuries at an area hospital after an explosion inside a Fayetteville apartment complex early Monday morning (April 18), according to Sgt. Craig Stout with Fayetteville Police.

Stout said the explosion happened at a complex located off of Oakland Avenue around 1:22 a.m. That specific apartment building was blocked off for several hours while investigators worked to determine the reason for the explosion.

The explosion happened in apartment 1, which is on the bottom floor on the left side of the building, according to Stout. A man who was inside the apartment was also treated for injuries. The conditions of both the male and female remain unclear.

Stout said the drug task force was called in to investigate what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab that exploded. Stout said the cause of the fire remains under investigation at this point.

Tenants who live in the damaged building said management is working to relocated them to other apartments.

Cleanup could take months, according to Carlette Anderson, owner of Arkdecon, a decontamination company in Gentry. She is not taking part in the cleaning process of this property.

"We kind of walk [property owners] through the process," said Anderson. " We try to meet them and help them through the process of what they need to do to get the property cleaned up."

The Drug Enforcement Agency used to help property owners foot the bill for a company's cleaning services, but after cuts to funding, the owner is now on the hook for full treatment which could cost thousands of dollars.

Anderson said it results in fewer people cleaning affected homes and buildings.

The Fayetteville Fire Department is investigating damage to the structure of the apartment complex while the local drug task force looks into the extent of contamination.

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