Three arrests made in connection to fire on Vandiver Drive

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | 4:18 p.m. CDT; updated 5:45 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 27, 2012

COLUMBIA — Three people were arrested Tuesday after a morning fire at a mobile home on Vandiver Drive. 

A Columbia police officer was making a check of the residence on an unrelated call when he smelled chemicals he thought were consistent with methamphetamine, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department. 

Police said a resident came out of the mobile home at 1501 Vandiver Drive, lot 103, to speak with the officer, and while they were talking, the officer heard several bangs coming from inside. Three people ran from the home after the  bangs. Then smoke began coming from the residence.

The Columbia Fire Department was called to the scene. A small fire was contained in the bathroom of the structure. The fire was caused by the disposal of chemicals used in manufacturing methamphetamine, according to the release.

A search warrant was executed, and evidence of methamphetamine production was recovered at the scene, police said.

Arrested were:

  • David L. House, 46, on charges of distribution, manufacture, delivery and production of controlled substances. A bond is still to be set.
  • Beau T. Leach, 30, on charges of distribution, manufacture, delivery and production of controlled substances. A bond is still to be set.
  • Christopher M. Houston, 36, on an outstanding state warrant for dangerous drugs with a $10,000 cash-only bond.

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