Apartments destroyed in Campbell County meth lab explosion

Apartments destroyed in Campbell County meth lab explosion

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At least five other apartments were destroyed. (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office) At least five other apartments were destroyed. (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office)
Officers remove a suitcase from an apartment. (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office) Officers remove a suitcase from an apartment. (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office)
Several items used to make meth were also found at the scene. (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office) Several items used to make meth were also found at the scene. (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office)
David Wayne Williams (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office) David Wayne Williams (source: Campbell County Sheriff's Office)

JACKSBORO (WATE) - Four people's homes were destroyed Thursday night when a meth lab exploded in a Campbell County apartment complex.

The sheriff's office says it happened around 8:30 p.m. at Rick's Apartments on Pinecrest Road in North Jacksboro.

Officials say David Wayne Williams was cooking meth in his apartment when it exploded. He was burned on his hands, neck and face.

Five other apartments were destroyed.

Most of the units were occupied. Jimmy Byrd says he and three others owe their lives to a passing UPS man who first yelled fire.

"I appreciate it. I had no idea. I didn't smell smoke or nothing," Byrd said.

Williams was flown to the Vanderbilt Burn Center in Nashville after he was initially treated at St. Mary's Medical Center in LaFollette.

Officials say no one else was hurt in the explosion.

Residents say Williams doesn't live at the apartment complex, and they've never seen him before.

Williams has a long criminal record, including two previous charges of producing meth and several other drug and weapons charges. The charges in this case are pending.

The Campbell County Meth Task Force deemed the burned units unlivable, but says the other residents are okay to stay where they are.

6 News Reporter Hana Kim contributed to this report.

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