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Pink Hill man in custody after meth-related house fire

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PINK HILL, N.C. - Deputies in Lenoir County say they've arrested the man they believe started a house fire in Pink Hill.

Eddie Stroud, the suspect, turned himself into police Friday and is charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

It’s the second time Stroud has been caught. He was out on bond for an incident in August.
    
Neighbors tell 9 On Your Side they thought Stroud was getting his act together. But apparently, that isn't the case.

Friday morning, deputies say Stroud turned himself in at the house deputies say caught fire because of a meth explosion.
    
Firefighters put out the fire Thursday night, but were back at it this morning after a small flare up.

Producing meth is a very dangerous operation and one Stroud is familiar with. Friends and neighbors had hoped he was on the right path.
    
9 On Your Side has learned that Stroud inherited the property from his late father. And some are ashamed this happened again.

“It's sad that his son has let his daddy and grandmothers house go to this extreme,” said Michele Quinn, family friend.

“We are very confident it was an explosion in that section of the house that you see is burnt really bad,” said Chris Hill, Lenoir County Sheriff. “It puts the firefighters in danger, my staff in danger and puts everyone in danger who has to go in that house.”

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Lenoir County investigators say a Pink Hill meth lab was found at the scene of a fire at a house belonging to a man previously charged with making meth.

According to Lenoir Co. Sheriff Chris Hill, the house of Highway 11 caught fire around PM on Thursday and fire crews successfully put it out a couple hours later.

The house belongs to Eddie Stroud.  He's currently out on bond for meth production charges from four months ago.

Deputies are only looking for Stroud as a person of interest and there are no active warrants for him.

Though a meth lab was found at the home, the investigators have not yet ruled it as the source of the fire.

Witnesses say they saw a man running from the home soon after the fire started. Deputies think the person is injured and will be seeking shelter.  They say the suspect is considered dangerous.

Sheriff Chris Hill stated in a press release “the suspect has fled the scene at this time, but we are actively searching the area to locate that person.   Based upon our past history with this property, it is apparent the owner has not learned any lesson from the previous meth charges we filed against them.  Their addiction to this horrendous drug has caused this fire endangering our firefighters, law enforcement's and other first responders and this is something that I will not tolerate.   My detectives will again charge everyone that is involved.”
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