PRESTONSBURG — Court records have revealed the identities of two people charged in the wake of a fire believed to have been caused by a methamphetamine lab explosion earlier this week.
Prestonsburg Fire Department was called out Monday morning to the scene of an outbuilding fire at 1663 Town Branch Road. The fire reportedly began after neighbors described hearing an explosion, and a second explosion occurred as firefighters worked on the blaze.
At the scene, police officers and firefighters discovered “four or more” precursors to the manufacture of meth and obtained statements that the outbuilding contained an active meth lab that had exploded during the night.
The outbuilding was adjacent to a mobile home on the property, where six people — including a small child and a pregnant 16-year-old — were sleeping at the time. Firefighters were able evacuate the family and put out the blaze before it spread to the home.
Three people were arrested at the scene, but court records were only available for two of them. They include Amber A. Coots, 25, and Emil J. McDonald, 25, both of whom live at the address where the fire took place. Each was charge with one count of manufacturing methamphetamine, 13 counts of wanton endangerment and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.
Coots and McDonald were each jailed under $25,000 cash bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.