By Pat Maurer
A 32-year-old Clare man, Brent Mogg, critically injured in an explosion last Friday, may be facing charges for operating a methamphetamine lab in a Clare home if he recovers.
The Clare Fire Department was called to the scene at 805 East Fifth Street around 11:10 p.m. Friday, February 15 and while fighting the fire, firefighters discovered chemicals in the home that are commonly used in meth manufacture.
Clare Police arrived and confirmed that the home contained a meth lab. They discovered that the man was mixing chemicals when a small explosion set the couch on fire and burned him severely. He was taken to MidMichigan Medical Center Clare and then transferred to Flint’s Hurley Hospital by Mobile Medical Response Ambulance Service. Tuesday, the man was still listed in critical condition with burns to the front of his body from his legs up to his face.
The home’s resident, a 25 year-old female was only slightly injured. She was treated and released at the Clare Emergency Room. She may also be facing charges, police said.
The house had severe smoke and fire damage. No police or fire personnel were injured at the scene. Clare Police Chief Brian Gregory said, “This is a rare occurrence in the city. Our business owners and residents keep us here at the Police Department well-informed of suspicious activity.”
Clare Police were assisted at the scene by the Clare County Sheriff’s Department. The Michigan State Police Decontamination unit was called to the scene to remove the remaining chemicals.
The incident remains under investigation. Any charges against the man or woman are still pending according to a CPD spokesperson.