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Apartment fire caused by attempt to cook meth
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Leroy Nelson Hansen Jr.

Friday, February 7, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man was indicted earlier this week on methamphetamine charges in connection with a fire that gutted an apartment building on Wray's Chapel Road in October.

Leroy Nelson Hansen Jr., 45, is charged with possession of ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine and attempting to manufacture methamphetamine.

The fire that started in an upstairs bedroom of Hansen's unit at Green Akers Apartments was caused by Hansen's alleged attempt to cook meth, according to Franklin County Fire Marshal Bennie Russell.

Inside the bedroom, investigators discovered equipment and ingredients consistent with the manufacture of mehtamphetamine.

The fire quickly spread to the adjoining unit, Russell said and gutted both sides of the two-story structure. The damage is estimated at $275,000.

Hansen and his wife, Leslie, sustained minor injuries from the fire, Russell said. They were transported to Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The owner of the apartment building, Dillard Akers, was insured.

The fire displaced another couple, Mike and Sheila Ramey, who lived in the adjoining unit, Russell said.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.

 
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