Meth lab in home explodes

HCSO: Stolen merchandise found in home

Published On: May 24 2012 06:38:49 PM CDT   Updated On: May 24 2012 06:40:36 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

An explosion rocked a quiet northwest County neighborhood on Thursday morning.

Harris County sheriff's deputies said a man was cooking crystal methamphetamines in an upstairs bathroom of a home on Paddle Wheel Drive near South Cypress Villas.

Deputies said a man was burned the man was burned and his girlfriend took him to Northwest Medical Center for treatment for second- and third-degree burns.

Neighbors said there was an explosion and a small flash fire inside the home.

The man who owns the home, Ted Page, lives nearby.

"I woke up to my telephone ringing," Page said. "Bright lights were flashing through my bedroom. I woke up and honestly thought it was an alien invasion."

A small army of deputies, state troopers and firefighters were swarming through the home he rented out.

"There are some many agencies with three-letter abbreviations being passed around back and forth," Page said. "I'm discombobulated still."

Investigators said they pulled at least three truckloads of stolen electronics, tools, tires and wheels inside the home.

"If you walked into a hardware store, just about everything you'd find in a hardware store you'd find in these three trucks we're loading up," Lt. Jeff Stauber said.

Deputies said there were so many stolen items that it will take days to collect and catalog all of it.

Detectives have not released any names of the people involved, but they said they expect to charge two men and a woman in the case.