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FORT PAYNE, Ala. ? An explosion in the basement of a home for the elderly uncovered a methamphetamine (search) lab. Police said no residents were involved in the lab but officers were still looking at employees.
No arrests have been made.
No one was reported injured in Tuesday night's explosion at The Fountains (search) ? an assisted-living apartment complex for the sick and elderly .
"I guess these people thought they'd found an ideal location," police Chief David Walker said.
The Fountains announced last week that it would soon close its doors, citing declining numbers of residents among other things.
Even so, news of the lab "probably would have sealed our fate," said Lewis Fuller of Fuller Medical Co. (search), which operates the center. "How many people would want their relatives exposed to that?"
Fuller said a few alarms had gone off recently at the building ? possibly indicating chemical fumes. People had also reported odd smells but were unable to locate a source in the 101,000-square-foot building.
Authorities have busted about 70 meth labs this year in DeKalb County (search), in the hilly northeastern corner of Alabama.
-------------------- You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity. What one person receives without working for another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for that my dear friend is the beginning of the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~ Adrian Rogers