ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators in Orangeburg County have arrested three people after a meth lab house fire in Eutawville injured a 6-year-old child.
The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office arrested 33-year-old Thomas Edward McArdle, 30-year-old Aleia Maria Herndon and 24-year-old Angelica Marie Williams. Authorities say 24-year-old Steven Nathaniel Cornell is also being charged in the incident and is being held at the Berkeley County Detention Center on an unrelated charge.
The arrests stems from an incident on April 7 when deputies responded to a home on 107 Cypress Shore in reference to a fire at a camper which was reportedly caused by a hot plate.
According to investigators, a hot plate was not found at the residence, but components for cooking methamphetamine were located at the home. Authorities report that four children were in the home during the fire, and a 6-year-old child was injured.
Herndon and McArdle were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, with all four charged with unlawful neglect of a child or helpless person.