Reported house fire in Lost Creek leads to discovery of meth lab
A reported house fire lead to the discovery of a meth lab in Harrison County.
William D. Radcliff, 43, has been charged with operating a methamphetamine lab, exposure of a minor to the manufacture of methamphetamine, and exposure of a first responder to the manufacture of methamphetamine, resulting in injury.
Saturday night, the Lost Creek and West Milford Fire Departments received a call and responded to a reported house fire where smoke was coming out of the back of the residence on Hawk Highway in Lost Creek.
After evaluating the scene, law enforcement was requested to respond because they believed the smoke was the result of a meth lab and Radcliff would not open the door, even though a small child was inside.
Members Harrison County Sheriff's Department's Street Crimes and Drug Unit arrived on scene and attempt to get Radcliff to open the door to his residence. When he refused, SCAD members forced open the back door to the residence.
Radcliff was detained and transported to UHC for decontamination for meth lab exposure.
SCAD Deputies and firefighters then searched the residence and located a male child, believed to be between 3 and 5 years old, seated on the living room couch. The child was removed from the residence, and transported by medical personnel to UHC for decontamination.
After clearing the residence and getting its occupant's to safety, one of the SCAD Deputies was taken to UHC to be cleared for the exposure to the manufacture of methamphetamine.
The Meth Lab Response Team from the office of the Lewis County Sheriff, Adam Gissy, was contacted and responded to assist.
A search warrant was obtained for Radcliff's residence, and as a result of the execution of the search warrant, SCAD Deputies located three Methamphetamine laboratories, finished methamphetamine product, a handwritten methamphetamine recipe, cold medication, and other chemicals/materials used to manufacture methamphetamine.
Multiple firearms and electronics were located and seized as well.
The West Virginia Department of Human Services was contacted and responded to UHC in reference to the juvenile.
Radcliff was released from UHC and transported to the West Virginia Regional Jail to await arraignment by a Magistrate.