2 charged, 1 severely burned after meth lab explosion on Carol Street

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Fire officials say a meth lab is believed to be the cause of a fire that severely injured one man and displaced two others who lived in a different unit in the apartment building.

It happened around midnight on Carol Drive, near the intersection of South Acadian and Government Street.

Officials with the Baton Rouge Fire Department say firefighters arrived on the scene to find a bedroom of one of the units engulfed in flames. When the fire was extinguished, investigators found what appeared to be components of a meth lab.

One man was taken to the hospital with severe burns to much of his body.

Two other people were arrested at the scene. Joseph B. Garcia, 34, and Pietra M. Brocato, 32, were charged with aggravated arson and creation or operation of a clandestine lab. The man who was injured is expected to be charged with the same offenses when he is released from the hospital. His name has not been released at this time.

HazMat and the Red Cross were called to the scene.

The fire is still under investigation.

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