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Car fire possible meth lab

it was a terrifying sight, a car engulfed in flames.

Inside were not only two women but also chemicals which made the situation even more hazardous.

"We had the call as a car fire that was heavily involved. And as our units were arriving on the scene, dispatch came back and said it was a possible hazmat situation with an injury," said Richmond Fire Chief Buzzy Campbell.

Authorities told us the fire was so intense, that any definite cause has not been determined.
But Chief Campbell said chemicals identified as they were putting the fire out, indicate meth making materials.

"Everybody was at risk. We are at risk responding, until we get to the scene. And most of the time we don't know what the situation is until we after we get the fire under control. And then we see all the chemicals and then find out what's really going on," said Campbell.

We're told the driver was de-contaminated on scene, but that the passenger wasn't as lucky.

"According to a report, she had gotten out of the car and run in the Best Western Motel and got in the bathroom and they washed her off in the shower and kind of de-contaminated her a little bit," Campbell said.

A Best Western employee told us the woman had severe burns to her entire left side. She was taken to UK Hospital to be treated.

No word from police if there will be any charges in the case.

Campbell said this is the first time he can think of, that Richmond firefighters have responded to a car fire involving possible meth-making chemicals.

Richmond Police tell us Kentucky State Police are handling the investigation.


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