Man Charged in Laketown Wharf Meth Lab Fire

Panama City Beach Police arrested a man Tuesday in connection with the explosion of a meth lab Sunday night in a Laketown Wharf condominium.

Jeffery Stewart Ackiss, 44, faces charges of manufacturing meth, possession of meth and arson of an occupied dwelling.

Police say Ackiss became the lead suspect during their initial investigation of the fire. They found him Tuesday at a friend's home in Panama City Beach.

Police said Ackiss had severe burns to his arms and feet, apparently from the explosion.

The Sunday night fire activated the sprinkler system and resulted in several thousand dollars in damage to the condo. The fire department was called after residents noticed water flowing from under the door of the condo about 10:30 p.m. They speculate the fire could have started an hour earlier.

Investigators were called to the scene after the responding officers observed items associated with meth production in the condo.

Investigators located several chemicals used to make meth using the "shake and bake" method, along with finished meth.

Ackiss received treatment for the burns and was taken to Bay County Jail.