Residents at the Beach Haven Apartments in Rehoboth were evacuated following a fire caused by a secret methamphetamine lab inside one of the units Monday night.
The fire started in an apartment at the complex on Haven Drive around 8 p.m. Monday. State Fire Marshall’s investigators say the fire sparked in a spare bedroom that was being used as a “one-pot” meth lab. They called in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to clean up and mitigate the potential hazards from the chemicals used in the meth making process.
Police arrested 37-year-old Eric Marine and 54-year-old Susan Trudeau, both of Rehoboth. After they were decontaminated by Sussex County paramedics, the two were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, operating a clandestine lab and other offenses.
The other residents at the apartment complex had been evacuated during the fire and cleanup. They were eventually allowed back into their homes after an air quality check was conducted by DNREC.