A 45-year-old Georgia man was arrested after what was apparently a meth lab started a small fire in a hotel room, according to a North Charleston Police Department incident report.
About 11 p.m. Friday, police were called to the Value Place Inn, an extended-stay hotel at 4835 Rivers Ave., by fire officials who suspected a meth lab had caused the fire.
The occupant of the room was standing near a large metal trash bin outside, and several witnesses told police they'd seen the man put a large black bag into the bin, the report said. Police found equipment and ingredients for manufacturing methamphetamine in and around the bin.
According to the report, the suspect told police "he had attempted to manufacture methamphetamine when the clandestine lab caught fire." He also told police he had discarded the items found in the trash bin, the report said.
Lance Richard Yost of Saint Marys, Ga., is charged with attempting to manufacture methamphetamine. He was being held in the Cannon Detention Center on $25,000 bail set Monday by Charleston County Magistrate Linda S. Lombard.