September 26, 2003 - Posted at: 2:58 p.m. CDT
BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. -- Authorities in Blytheville believe an explosion in a home methamphetamine laboratory may have claimed the life of a local man early this morning.
Blytheville police and firemen responded to a residence at 1621 West Holly Street at approximately 12:30 a.m. Authorities say the residence was engulfed in flames upon their arrival. During the course of extinguishing the fire and searching the residence, firefighters located Dennis Conlee, Jr., 46, only a few feet from the door. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Janet McDonald.