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Homeowner arrested after meth explosion

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Posted: Aug 25, 2011 6:04 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Aug 25, 2011 6:57 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: meth lab, Prairieville, State Fire Marshal, Chris Anderson, Clinton Auzenne, Jr., Megan Gaspard, David Lee Harris, explosion, contractor

PRAIRIEVILLE-- One homeowner finds himself in jail after he says he came home to find his house completely charred by fierce blaze.

The problem is, police said, the home owner's story wasn't entirely true. Clinton Auzenne, Jr., 28, was at home when the flames started, according to investigators. They believe Auzenne was hard at work shaking and baking in his bathroom meth lab when the chemicals exploded right in front of him. Detectives believe Auzenne wasn't alone. They also arrested David Harris, 34, and Megan Gaspard, 25. Police said both were also making meth when the lab exploded. Harris was taken to the hospital and treated for second degree burns to both his hands before he was locked up.

All three now face meth lab and arson charges.

The house on Waterstone Drive is now a seared total loss of $180,000. Investigators believe it's likely neighbors will have to look at the eyesore for a while, since the homeowner was charged with arson.

"With the house being mortgaged, the insurance company's not gonna cover this, because it's a crime committed by arson," Chris Anderson with the State Fire Marshal's Office told News 2.

Contractors across the street anticipate they may likely have to rebuild the house in the very new development, and they welcome the work.

"I just think it's crazy to have a meth lab so near to police! How crazy can you be?" Contractor Allen Price said, referring to the at least three officer cars parked in the neighborhood.

Auzenne, Harris and Gaspard are in the Ascension Parish Jail tonight with no bond.

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