2 arrested after Clover meth lab explosion

From staff reportsSeptember 12, 2013 

— Two men were arrested after a meth lab explosion at a Clover home late Wednesday night.

York County drug agents, sheriff's deputies and firefighters in hazmat suits were at the home on Shannon Meadows Road.

A witness reported hearing three pops before the roof of the house became engulfed in flames and saw two men flee from the scene, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report. Another witness who called 911 also reported hearing an explosion and seeing two men in the yard at the time of the fire.

Casey Stiles, 36, and Doyle Dailey, 51, both of Gastonia, were arrested and booked at the Moss Justice Center. Charges are pending. The homeowner, who was allowing the men to use the house, was not charged.

While driving to the fire, investigators noticed the two men laying down on a nearby road. When officers approached them, they found severe burns on one of the man’s hands.

According to the report, Dailey initially gave police a false name because he has been in prison previously. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Stiles told investigators he was getting Dailey a soda when he saw the fire and tried to put it out. He handed over an Altoids tin containing several ephedrine pills that he emptied from his pockets and told police he found near the fire, the report states.

Check back for more details on this developing story.

The Herald's news partner, WSOC-TV, contributed

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