Two arrested, one seriously injured following meth lab explosion at The Villas

Two arrested, one seriously injured following meth lab explosion at The Villas
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POSTED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 10:14am

UPDATED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 4:22pm

Two people have been arrested and a third was hospitalized following an explosion at an apartment complex.

According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the fire started shortly before midnight at a home located on Carol Street in The Villas condominiums located off Acadian near Government Street. When firefighters arrived on scene, a bedroom was engulfed in flames and they discovered that a meth lab was to blame.

Three people were inside the home when the explosion happened. One man was taken to the hospital because he had severe burns all over his body.

Joseph B. Garcia, 32, and Pietra M. Brocato, 32, were both arrested at the scene. A neighbor told NBC33 News that Brocato is the main occupant of the residence, but was unsure if the two additional men were living in the home or just visiting.

Two residents living in other units within the building were displaced due to the fire. They are being assisted by the Red Cross.

Garcia and Brocato were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for Aggravated Arson and Creation or Operation of a Clandestine Lab.

The third individual who was hospitalized is expected to be arrested upon release.
 

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