WALLOWA — A 49-year-old Wallowa man was arrested over the weekend when a meth lab started a fire in his home.
Friday, the Wallowa Fire Department responded to a fire called in by a neighbor at 302 S. Storie St. in Wallowa. Firefighters called the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office when they found what they believed to be a methamphetamine lab inside the home.
Following an investigation, Edward BQ May of Wallowa was arrested and charged with manufacture and possession of methamphetamine, first-degree arson and reckless endangerment.
First-degree arson was charged because May was “knowingly engaging in meth and that person caused a fire or explosion,” said Sheriff Steve Rogers.
May is lodged at the Union County Jail awaiting arraignment. The house has been condemned, said Rogers, and the other people living in the home have been displaced.
“The house has been condemned by the Department of Human Services,” said Rogers. “Anyone who tries to enter the property will receive an automatic Trespass One charge.”
Rogers said the house was cleaned of hazardous materials by NRS Environmental Services of southwest Washington.
The investigation is ongoing under the authority of the Street Crimes Unit, said Rogers, comprised of Wallowa and Union County sheriffs’ offices and the La Grande and Enterprise police departments.