GEORGETOWN — The report of a house fire in Georgetown led to the arrest of four people on methamphetamine-related charges Thursday.
Georgetown Fire Protection District firefighters as well as personnel from the Westville and Ridge Farm fire departments responded to a report of a chimney fire just before 11 a.m. Thursday at 109 Stone St., Georgetown. It was called in by neighbors.
Vermilion Metropolitan Enforcement Group Master Sgt. Lisa Mitchell said fire personnel requested VMEG officers come to the scene and verify the scene was safe because of previous meth incidents involving the homeowner, Tylon Mills, 36.
Inside the home, Mitchell said VMEG agents noticed items known to be meth-related. They obtained a search warrant and found a meth lab inside the home.
According to Mitchell, the occupants inside the home were burning their meth lab trash, resulting in the report of a chimney fire.
She added no finished meth product was found inside the home.
Arrested at the home were Mills, Donald Jessup, 43, of Ridge Farm; and Johnny Brooks, 26, of Georgetown. They each were booked at the Public Safety Building jail on charges of aggravated participation in meth manufacturing, possession of meth manufacturing materials and disposal of meth meth manufacturing materials.
The other resident in the home, Jill Mills, 39, was booked on charges of aggravated participation in meth manufacturing and possession of meth manufacturing materials.
All four were charged Friday in Vermilion County Circuit Court.