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Chemical lab found inside Fayetteville home

Posted October 19, 2012 4:34 p.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2012 11:36 p.m. EDT

— Authorities on Friday evacuated an area around a Fayetteville home as they worked to dismantle a chemical lab found inside. 

Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies said they received a call about 3:30 p.m. from the homeowner at 7116 Holmfield Road in the Gates Four subdivision.

The homeowner had been renting a room to someone and told deputies he came home to discover chemicals and a lab set up in the room.

"We did talk to the homeowner," Cumberland County spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said. "He says he had no idea anything like this was going on inside. It's definitely a homemade, rigged type operation."

A hazmat crew arrived to find a strong chemical odor in the area. They worked through the late afternoon to determine what type of lab was inside the home and how to best remove it.

Authorities allowed residents to return to their homes once they deemed there was no public health or
safety threat. No injuries were reported in the house where the lab was located.

"It's not that kind of community," said neighbor Rick Pepper. "We don't have trouble, we don't have crime here. I pulled in and they said they suspected there was a meth lab. I was surprised to hear about it."

No arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation. No other information was released.