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Centralia Man Arrested On Meth Charges After Fire Damages His Home

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The occupant of a Centralia home that was damaged by fire early Wednesday night has been arrested for alleged aggravated meth manufacturing, possession of meth manufacturing materials, and use of a structure to make meth.

55-year-old Timothy McCombs of 628 South Elm was taken into custody after several meth making materials and the remnants of two shake and bake meth labs was found in the home by fire investigators. However, Centralia Police Chief Larry Evans says at this point the fire investigation has not determined if a meth lab started the fire. The State Fire Marshall was called in to investigate the origin of the fire, but reports have not yet been completed.

Meanwhile, police are trying to find a woman who was pulled from the basement of the burning home by a passerby. The man went to help after seeing the woman's hand waiving from a basement window. However, when police and fire officials went to find the woman to question she had disappeared. Police say so far they have not been able to learn her identity or what she was doing in the basement.

McCombs claimed no one else was in the home. He told investigators the fire started from cooking oil that spilled while he was cooking. Centralia Firemen say the fire started in the kitchen area and had spread to the attic and down the basement stairs before they got a quick knockdown upon their arrival. They estimated damage to the home at $25,000.  

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