Are we living in a real life episode of Breaking Bad?
Police arrested a New Jersey man for running a methamphetamine lab in a room at an Atlantic City casino hotel. Oh, and the room caught fire on Wednesday. Four floors had to be evacuated. The lab was only found as the fire department was investigating.
The fire from the man’s hotel room at the Tropicana Casino & Resort injured the man who rented the room, and a hotel employee who went into the room after the fire was discovered.
Hotel video footage showed three individuals—two men and one woman—escaping the room before security and first responders showed up. As reported by WHYY, Police charged 49-year-old Michael Pillar of New Jersey with “maintaining a drug production facility, possession of methamphetamine, and criminal mischief.” The other two people were freed with no charges.
The fire occurred on the 44th floor of the casino’s west tower; damage was kept to Pillar’s room. The lab was taken apart by the New Jersey State Police Hazardous Material Response Unit.
In other fire-related news, an electrical issue caused the roof of New York’s horrible Trump Tower building to catch on fire. That same month, parents who were trapped in a burning apartment building in Georgia were made to throw their children three stories to the ground. Fortuitously, firefighters caught them. And even more absurdly, in January, Quebec City's Ice Hotel caught on fire. Yeah, you read that right—a hotel made of ice caught on fire. Who would have thought.