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Paducah fire results in drug charges

BY WILL PINKSTON wpinkston@paducahsun.com

An overnight fire in a Paducah neighborhood led to drug-related charges after firefighters uncovered methamphetamine-making items, police said.

Emergency workers were notified of the fire about 4:20 a.m. Monday in the attached garage of a single-story home at 421 Hayes Ave. near Bridge Street, Paducah Deputy Fire Chief Greg Cherry said. When crews arrived, the blaze had spread to an unoccupied home adjacent to the structure, but firefighters were able to prevent ignition of nearby buildings.

As firefighters brought the blaze under control, a search of the home discovered items in the kitchen that appeared to be related to meth production, Paducah police Sgt. Steve Smith said. The home was evacuated, and a state police Hazmat team was requested to sift through the debris for any chemical components that would need to be disposed of safely.

Once inside, state police investigators located items commonly used to make the drug in addition to drug paraphernalia, including pipes and syringes, and meth.

Residents Danny Humble, 50, and Jerri Bufford, 46, were arrested about 3:30 p.m. and face drug-related charges. A plastic container with meth was found on Humble. He faces charges of possession of a controlled substance-meth, manufacturing meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bufford faces charges of manufacturing meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were taken to the McCracken County Jail, according to a news release from police.

It was not immediately clear if any meth cooking-related actions led to the fire, and Cherry said the cause of the fire remained under investigation. There were no injuries, but both buildings involved sustained extensive smoke and heat damage.

Contact Will Pinkston, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8676 or follow @WCPinkston on Twitter.

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