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Dixon man badly hurt Monday by explosion that may be meth-related
DIXON, Mo. (Feb. 18, 2010) — The massive $10.2 million drug bust in Buckhorn may not have been the only drug incident handled by area police Monday morning.

According to Marshal Cliffty Yoakum of the Dixon Police Department, a 42-year-old Dixon man could face criminal charges connected to an early Monday morning explosion at his home that sent him to a Springfield hospital with severe burns.

“The male that we are talking about was flown to Springfield with burns on his hands and arms and leg,” Yoakum said.

The fire was caused by the ingredients that are used to make meth, Yoakum said.

“When I talked to the hospital later in the evening, they talked like it was first-degree burns and probably would have to be some operations later,” Yoakum said. “I understand that he left the hospital yesterday and is back in this area somewhere.”

According to Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department records, emergency personnel in Dixon called for a medical evacuation helicopter to transport the man after they received a report at 4:24 a.m. Monday of a possible meth lab explosion.

Dixon Ambulance District personnel, Dixon firefighters, Dixon police and sheriff’s deputies responded and helped set up a helicopter landing zone at Dixon High School so a Life Flight helicopter could transport the patient; the helicopter arrived at 4:47 a.m. Yoakum said the blast happened on the 200 block of East 4th Street in Dixon, and while he’s continuing to investigate, he’s confident there’s enough information to act.

“We got quite a bit of evidence to the lab, and when I get the results back to the lab, I expect to have plenty of it to file charges,” Yoakum said. “There really was no damage inside the house except part of the couch; most of the damage was done to the individual.”

The man, whose name has not yet been released, had been taken to the Dixon Ambulance District offices by several other people who were in the home at the time of the fire. Those people were taken to the Dixon Police Department, but one of them fled at 5:42 a.m. though her footprints were visible in the snow and she was tracked to an area home where she gave conflicting information to police.

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