Authorities discover suspected meth lab during house fire

Columbus authorities discovered a suspected meth lab during a Tuesday afternoon house fire, reports state.

Joshua Ray Barlow, 24, faces a count of manufacturing methamphetamine in connection with the discovery at 4705 Josephine St., Columbus police said.

According to reports, Columbus Fire & EMS responded about 3 p.m. Tuesday to the fire. Authorities then discovered items used to make meth inside the home.

The home’s owner told police her son, Barlow, uses the home but doesn’t live there. Witnesses told police they’ve seen Barlow at the home for three months and that bad smells often come from the building, reports state.

Barlow told officers he was at the home Tuesday morning to secure his dog and that he doesn’t live at the house. Barlow was then arrested, police said.