Beacon Journal staff


CUYAHOGA FALLS: Two men face numerous charges after a Thursday morning explosion allegedly caused by a meth lab explosion.



Firefighters and police officers were dispatched around 8 a.m. to the 900 block of Magnolia Avenue for a reported fire inside of a garage attached to a home.



Police Sgt. James J. Singleton said when firefighters arrived they found Todd M. James and Leo C. Statler II trying to put out the flames. The home's owner, an 86-year-old female, was still asleep inside the home.



The fire department said the fire started as the result of a methamphetamine lab explosion.



The Cuyahoga Falls Police Narcotics Unit and the Summit County Drug Unit were dispatched to process evidence.



James, 54, of Cuyahoga Falls, and Statler, 27, of Tallmadge, face numerous charges. They include: aggravated arson, illegal manufacturing of drugs, illegal assembly of chemicals, possession of criminal tools and drug paraphernalia.



Both men were transferred to Summit County Jail.