Police: Meth lab sparked Donelson house fire - WKRN News 2

Police: Meth lab sparked Donelson house fire

Posted: Updated: Jun 03, 2014 05:10 PM
Roger Ferrell and Mary Vera Roger Ferrell and Mary Vera
David Horwedel and Christopher McCormick David Horwedel and Christopher McCormick
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Four people are now charged after a meth lab exploded, causing a Donelson home to catch fire.

The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. on May 27 at the home in the 200 block of Clovernook Drive off Lebanon Pike just south of the Cumberland River.

Firefighters quickly put out the flames and later, during their investigation, found chemicals commonly used to make meth in the house.

Roger Ferrell, 41, and his wife Mary Vera, 42, tried to put out the flames with a garden hose and were injured in the process.

Ferrell sustained several burns. He was treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and later booked into the Metro jail on aggravated arson and meth charges. His bond was set at $200,000.

Vera was hospitalized for several days. She was released on Monday and booked into the Metro jail on aggravated arson and meth charges. Her bond was set at $100,000.

Vera’s two adult children, Christopher McCormick, 21, and David Horwedel, 24, were asleep when the fire broke out.

They were woken up by their mother and dog, and managed to escape the home safely before calling 911.

Both McCormick and Horwedel were decontaminated at the scene.

They were charged with manufacturing meth and booked into the Metro jail on $100,000 bonds.

Police also seized a dozen weapons from the home.
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