Suspected Meth Lab Explosion in Cortland Apartment Sends 3 to Hospital, 1 in Custody
Cortland City Police are investigating a suspected meth lab that exploded yesterday sending three people to the hospital for minor injuries.
Just after 2 o'clock Monday afternoon City Police and firefighters were called to 132 Main Street, the multi-story building has commercial businesses on the ground floor with residential apartments above.
Police say rescuers responded to apartment 12 for a possible fire, inside officers found what appeared to be the items and ingredients used in the manufacture of the drug methamphetamine.
Prior to police arrival two unidentified Cortland county social service workers had entered the building and were headed to the apartment for an unrelated matter, as they made their way to residence an explosion rocked the the building sending ceiling tiles crashing to the floor. Three people including the two social services workers were taken to the Cortland Regional Medical Center for treatment after they were exposed to noxious chemicals at the scene, they were all treated and released.
The State Police CCSERT (Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team) was brought in to help investigators process and remove items found at the scene.
30 year old Kimberly Cummings who lives in the apartment was charged with a felony count of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of drug possession. In addition to the chemicals and items used to manufacture the drug police say they found a quantity of meth in the apartment as well. Police also added a misdemeanor charge of Reckless Endangerment this morning.
Cummings was arraigned in City Court, and sent to the County jail on $25 thousand dollars cash or $50 thousand dollars bail bond, she's due back in Court Friday.