Meth Motel Fire Arrest

A woman suspected of operating a methamphetamine lab that sparked an explosion and fire in a Destin motel room in December has been arrested in the parking lot of a Niceville motel.

Niceville Police Department officers reportedly seized a mini meth lab and chemicals for processing meth from her truck.

Tom Gallagher, Florida’s state fire marshal, said detectives with the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations received warrants for Aprele Renee Lail, 35, and three others wanted in connection with the December fire at a Motel 6 in Destin.

Adrian L. Hormuth, 28, Diana Knight Denmon, 48, and Steven Todd Bullard, 38, are also being sought on charges in connection with the December 6, 2005 fire at the 405 Harbor Blvd. motel. The early morning fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damages.

Lail and the three others still being sought in the motel fire are each charged with drug manufacturing, arson, culpable negligence and failure to control or report a dangerous fire.

Detectives said the four started the fire while operating an illegal methamphetamine drug laboratory in the motel room. As the fire burned out of control, all four subjects fled the motel without alerting the motel guests, the front desk employee or calling 911. The fire quickly spread throughout the room, destroying its contents.


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