The Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office arrested four people, and are searching for a fifth person, after a meth lab bust on Tuesday.
Deputies arrived at a residence in the 3000 block of Outback Road around 12:00 p.m. after a call about illegal drug use. According to the Sheriff's Office, when the deputies arrived, two men ran through the front door in a cloud of white smoke to escape.
Deputies entered the house to search for other people when they noticed a chemical smell and something cooking on the stove.
They also began to feel their skin burning.
Three people were found in the house — the Sheriff's Office said they admitted to making and smoking methamphetamine.
Hazmat was called in to decontaminate the property while the three suspects and two deputies were taken to the hospital to be checked for exposure to the noxious chemicals found in the home. Everyone was treated and released from the hospital.
Virginia State Police, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management all responded to assist with the clean up, collection of evidence and decontamination of the residence.
The five suspects are charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Four of the five suspects have been arrested — Randolph Scott Rusk Jr, Paul Andrew Lowe Jr, Erin Foster, and Sara Jane Reese.
Warrants are out for Tavis Reese, who was not found after he fled the residence.
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