Meth lab explosion in Bullitt Co. leaves more questions than answers


by Gene Kang

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 2 at 6:41 PM

MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A Mt. Washington family is cleaning up after a mobile meth lab fire destroyed their apartment. The explosion sent two people to University Hospital and killed the family's pets.

Toxic fumes still lingered as Missy Day's son tried to salvage what is left in her 2nd floor apartment.

Day said: "I loved it up here. It takes somebody who cooks meth they don't care and blows up your place."

She said she wasn't home when a mobile meth lab exploded at around 2:30 Sunday morning. The fire caused two people to hospitalized with critical injuries and killed Day's two cats.

The owner of the apartment building, Julian Lester Maupin, also operates Crazy Red's Motorcycle Apparel - which is on the first floor of the building.

Maupin said Crazy Red's suffered water damage.

"I got a business that's full of merchandise. It hurt me bad, but what can I do about it? My wife is in bed completely disabled," Maupin said.
Fifty-year-old Selwyn Dixon is the primary suspect. Dixon was arrested and is charged with manufacturing meth, possession of a controlled substance, three counts of wanton endangerment and giving police a false name.

Dixon is a convicted felon with several drug-related charges since 1997. Police said he came to the apartment after the explosion and that's where he was arrested.

The owner's son said: "Me and a man up there made him stay here until a Task Force guy showed back up."

But Dixon may not be the only suspect.

Day said her 19-year-old niece is in a medically induced coma with 2nd and 3rd degree burns to 60 percent of her body. And, a 24-year old man was also seriously burned in the fire. Both were gone from the scene when police arrived - taken to the hospital by relatives.

The Bullitt County Sheriff said he also wants to talk to Day. they said she is also out of jail on bond, charged with unlawful possession of a meth precursor. 

"We have not spoken to her, but obviously she's a person of interest also and find out exactly what she knows about this," Sgt. Mike Murdoch with the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office said.