2 suffer burns after alleged meth lab explodes in Ogdensburg

2 suffer burns after alleged meth lab explodes in Ogdensburg
Ronald Redmond III and Jessica Mendenhall

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. (WWNY) - Two Ogdensburg residents are accused of making methamphetamine following a fire that left them with burns.

City police and firefighters were called to 822 Congress Street Tuesday evening for a report of a fire.

When they arrived on the scene, smoke and flames could be seen coming from a second story window.

According to police, one of the people inside refused to allow first responders inside the home so police and fire officials forced their way in to battle the blaze.

City police arrested 27 year old Ronald Redmond III of 822 Congress Street and 30 year old Jessica Mendenhall of 615 Morris Street.

They’re both charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Redmond is also charged with obstructing firefighting operations.

Both Redmond and Mendenhall were treated for burns at Claxton Hepburn Medical Center and released.

They were arraigned in Ogdensburg City Court.

Redmond’s bail was set at $2,500.

Mendenhall is being held on $3,500 bail.

According to the Facebook page of the Ogdensburg Professional Firefighters Local 1799, investigators found a possible portable meth lab had exploded and was thrown from the second story of the house and caught the snowblower on fire. The flames were doused in less than 5 minutes, according to the post.

An Ogdensburg firefighter puts out what officials said was a meth-related fire
An Ogdensburg firefighter puts out what officials said was a meth-related fire

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