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Man faces life-threatening injuries following explosion at possible Gaylord meth lab site

Herald Times, July 22, 2014

GAYLORD — A 36-year-old Gaylord man is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries following a storage unit explosion at the site of a possible methamphetamine operation Saturday morning.

According to reports, the man drove himself to Otsego Memorial Hospital seeking treatment for his injuries. Hospital personnel then called the Gaylord City Police around 4 a.m. Saturday regarding the man and the explosion, which occurred at Sled Shed Storage, 2646 S. Otsego Ave. in Gaylord.

After officers arrived and secured the scene, reports state they located evidence of a possible methamphetamine manufacturing operation.

The blast blew the back wall and two side walls from the storage unit and damaged the garage door and framing.

The man was transferred to a downstate burn unit.

A report of the incident was forwarded to the Otsego County prosecutor's office for review.

"If the subject is medically cleared, he will be arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine," said Brett McVannel, Gaylord City Police chief.

The incident remains under investigation.

The Gaylord City Police department was assisted by Otsego County EMS, Region7 Haz Mat Team, Otsego County Fire Department, Region 7 Meth Lab Disposal Team and Michigan State Police Gaylord Post.