Meth lab suspected as cause of Lebanon fire


A Lebanon man injured in an apartment fire that displaced nine people last year is now accused of operating a methamphetamine lab.

Lebanon police said Joseph Reese had precursors to manufacturing methamphetamine in the apartment, in the 100 block of North Liberty Street, and he attempted to produce or successfully produced meth.

Investigators believe the meth operation could have been the cause of the fire on November 17, police said.

Reese, 33, was treated at a medical facility for chemical burns he sustained in the fire.

He is additionally charged with risking a catastrophe, illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste, possession of precursors with intent to manufacture a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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