A Lufkin man was arrested for allegedly burning down his mother’s home with a methamphetamine lab last week.
Angelina County Sheriff’s Office investigators got a warrant for James Durham’s arrest after a state fire marshal ruled the Thursday blaze arson. Durham was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the motel room Red Cross provided his family following the fire, according to ACSO Sgt. Allen Hill. His mother had no knowledge of the meth lab, Hill said.
Last Thursday, Hill and fellow investigator Tom Matthews discovered components of a portable “shake and bake” meth lab in Durham’s bedroom, where the fire began on FM 1475. Shake and bake labs are extremely volatile and can catch fire easily. Hill said Durham did not take ownership of the lab, but had chemical burns on his body.
“He said, ‘I’m clean. I didn’t do nothing.’ He was burned all along his side as if he’d been squirted with lighter fluid,” Hill said.
Durham was being held in the Angelina County Jail on a $25,000 bond for arson, according to jail records.
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