An Autryville man burned in a house fire in November 2015 has now been charged in connection with a meth lab that reportedly started the blaze.
Jimmy Delton Butler Jr., 51, of 106 Deer Run Lane, Autryville, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, storage of hazardous waste without a permit and three counts of possession/distribution of a meth precursor. Butler was arrested at the Autryville residence on Thursday and placed in the Sampson County Detention Center under $80,000 secured bond.
“These charges were a result of a suspicious fire in the area of 1920 Leroy Autry Road in November 2015,” Lt. Marcus Smith said Friday. “It was determined through the investigation that the fire was related to meth manufacturing.”
The structure fire was reported around 5:20 a.m. Nov. 23 at the Leroy Autry Road address located in the Autryville area in close proximity to Minnie-Hall Road in western Sampson.
Fire departments from Autryville, Salemburg, Roseboro, Clement, Stedman and Herring responded along with Roseboro Rescue and Sampson County EMS to the fire. The home, located several hundred feet down a dirt path off Leroy Autry Road, was gutted by the flames, leaving just charred remains of the home.
Authorities found that two burn victims, Butler and Kimberly Huff, had been transported from a separate residence on South River Road several miles away just moments before the blaze was reported.
Prior to the report of the structure fire, Sampson County EMS was dispatched to 2312 South River Road, Autryville, following a 911 call of two burn victims at the residence. A male and a female who sheriff’s authorities said had “ties to the Leroy Autry Road address” were transported by EMS for severe burns.
Both Butler and Huff were reportedly airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where they were treated at the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center.
Smith said additional charges could be brought in the investigation, which he noted is “ongoing.”
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