Police: Three people making meth caused apartment explosion

The stove after the explosion.
The stove after the explosion.
Selwyn Dixon (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)
Selwyn Dixon (Source: Bullitt County Detention Center)

MOUNT WASHINGTON, KY (WAVE) - A meth lab explosion sent two people to the hospital and one man behind bars.

It happened at an apartment off Main Street in Mt. Washington early Sunday morning.

Two persons of interest have severe burns to their bodies and are at University Hospital. Police are not releasing their names.

Police have arrested Selwyn Dixon, 50, a convicted felon from Louisville. Police said three of the four people involved in the case are currently out on bond for previous meth charges.

"They blew my apartment up," said Missy Day. Day rents on of the apartments.

Day has been moving out whatever is left from her home.

She is relieved that she could salvage some pictures of her children, but devastated that her two cats died in the fire.

"My cats are gone," said Day. "That's the only thing going through my mind is my cats are gone."

Day says she was staying with her son, when her 19-year-old niece came in her apartment early Sunday morning.

Police believe two other men were with her, Dixion and a 24-year-old.

Police said they were cooking meth and it exploded.

"I'm upset, I want answers," said Day.

The explosion completely destroyed her home.

"The place is completely ruined," said building owner Lester Maupin. "The ceiling is burnt out of it, the walls are burnt out of it."

Maupin owns the building along with his business, Crazy Red's, that sits right under the apartments.

"I've been here 58 years and as far as drugs or anything I don't know anything about them, but I've always been against them," said Maupin. His business suffered some damage from the explosion.

Police said the 19 and 24 left the scene together.

Dixon returned later to get his meth materials and was caught by Maupin's son.

"He admitted that he went back inside in the burn location to remove some of the items about 12 hours after the fire," said Sgt. Mike Murdoch from the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

Racheal Hall lives in the next building. She has seen the increase of traffic at the apartments.

"It could have been bigger. It could have been more people and I have a five-month-old son and I don't want that around," said Hall.

With some of the meth materials still sitting on the stove and a warning sign on her door, Day has been taking breaks from the fumes.

"Meth is the cheap thing to make," said Murdoch. "$20 and you have $200 worth of product. It's really cheap and easy to make. The problem is, they don't look at the fact is that will blow themselves up."

Police said Missy Day is currently out on bond in an unrelated meth case. Although she was not at the apartment at the time of the explosion, police are looking to see if she will be facing any charges.

Dixon is facing several charges. He was also served a bench warrant for walking away from a work release program in Jefferson County.

The 24-year-old who was also out on bond on meth charges is in serious condition at University Hospital.

The 19-year-old is in a medically induced coma.

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