PRAIRIEVILLE - State fire investigators and Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies arrested three people Wednesday after a suspected methamphetamine lab exploded and set fire to a Prairieville residence, officials said.
Galvez-Lake volunteer firefighters arrived shortly after 2:09 a.m. Wednesday to find the house at 41486 Waterstone Drive, Prairieville, completely in flames, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office said in a news release.
No one was home and the fire caused more than $180,000 in damage, the news release said.
The Fire Marshal's Office and parish sheriff's deputies later determined the fire was caused by the operation of a drug lab in the bathroom, the news release said.
Homeowner Clinton John Auzenne Jr., 28, and David Lee Harris, 34, both of 41486 Waterstone Drive, Prairieville, were arrested and booked with simple arson and creating and operating a clandestine drug lab, the news release said.
Megan Gaspard, 25, a visitor who also lives in Prairieville, was arrested on counts of simple arson, creating and operating a clandestine drug lab and an unrelated bench warrant.
State fire officials made the arson arrests while deputies made the drug arrests, Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning Jr. said.
Auzenne, Harris and Gaspard were booked into Ascension Parish Prison. No bond had been set for them as of late Wednesday, the news release said.