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Butler County woman has critical burns after fire

EL DORADO, Kansas - Butler County Sheriff's officers say a fire that injured a woman early Monday morning was the site of a meth lab.
 
It happened in the 1100 block of Southeast Bluestem Road.
 
Stormy Farmer lives next door and heard the screams.
 
"She had her clothes off, screaming, help me, it hurts."
 
The woman was critically burned, and now officers are saying the shed was filled with chemicals and tubes which the sheriff called a meth lab.
 
While he calls the small fire Monday morning very unfortunate, he says there are fewer meth labs being found in the county.
 
"Well, the resources that I stay in contact with believe that most of the meth in Kansas is coming from Mexico," said Kelly Herzet, Butler County Sheriff.
 
While Herzet says his deputies do continue to look for illegal drugs and drug labs, highway patrol officers across the state say they focus their efforts on looking out for drugs being trafficked into the state.
 
"So, the dogs are indispensable tools for us to locate traffickers who are using the highways to move large volumes of drugs," said Trooper Gary Warner, Kansas Highway Patrol.
 
Warner says trained drug dogs and officers keying in on cars are helping find drug traffic especially at so-called drug checkpoints.
 
Meanwhile, Butler County officials say meth is still a problem in the county even if meth-related manufacturing has dropped.
 
"We haven't seen a whole lot of meth manufacturing in Butler County for sure," said Herzet.
 
Residents of the trailer park where that fire critically burned a woman in a small shed wonder if more could be done.
 
"Next time, it could be way worse. It could be an actual big explosion, and the windows could come out on this," said Farmer.
 

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