Kzoo man arrested for meth lab that started fire

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) – A Kalamazoo man was arrested Wednesday for operating a meth lab that exploded starting a house fire.

The fire happened on June 25 around 1:30 a.m. at a house at 910 Staples Avenue in Kalamazoo.

When investigating the cause of the fire, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers found items in the house and garage which are used to manufacture methamphetamine. They found a total of 60 used one pot cooking vessels, according to a KDPS news release.

Later that same day, the homeowner, Gregory Tristan Pyles, was arrested on warrants that were unrelated to the fire, the release said. He was taken to the hospital for burns to his legs, hands and face.

The investigation conducted by the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team determined that Pyles was manufacturing methamphetamine which caused the fire and the burns to his body.

Plyes, who was still in custody on unrelated charges, was arrested on Wednesday. He was arraigned on Thursday for Operating/Maintaining a Meth Lab and is currently in jail, according to KDPS.

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