motel room burns in the Orangeburg area; MP: Making meth could be the reason 2022-04-29 16:15:00

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Orangeburg County

Sheriff’s Office

Representatives believe a woman may have burned down a hotel room while making methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s office incident report.

The manager of the Days Inn, located at 3402 Five Chop Road, called deputies at 3 a.m. Thursday to report a suspicious fire in one of the rooms.

Surveillance video allegedly shows the woman carrying a lit bucket and plastic bottle from her room and placing them on the floor next to a trash can before leaving in a black car.

One MP wrote that as she was “quickly driving away from the motel in her car, a fire could be seen coming from the entrance to the room she was renting.”

The report said that both the bucket and the melted plastic bottle contained “white chemical residue and seeping fluid.”

The MP believes they used to “make a so-called ‘one-cooker’” to produce methamphetamine, according to the report.

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Orangeburg County firefighters allegedly discovered drug paraphernalia and a number of chemicals compatible with methamphetamine-making at the scene, according to the report.

The hostel room was a complete loss. The estimated damage value is $20,000.

The hotel manager said a woman was paying her rent in cash.

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