Deputies discovered a small meth-making operation in a Summerville-area home early Wednesday after a burned man showed up at a local hospital.

James Christopher Miles, 32, of Embassy Drive was treated at Summerville Medical Center for burns to his arm. His girlfriend told deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office that she didn’t know how Miles suffered the injury but that he had often manufactured meth at an abandoned house on his street, according to an incident report.

Investigators who arrived at the Embassy Drive home found what had been a fire, as well as a small meth lab, sheriff’s Maj. John Garrison said.

Garrison said the lab appeared to be the “one-bottle” method of manufacturing.

“It wasn’t a big operation,” he said. “But still, the chemicals are extremely hazardous and flammable, and apparently, the guy found that out the hard way.”

Firefighters watered down the charred remains from the blaze.

Miles’ condition Thursday wasn’t known.

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