KNOXVILLE (WATE) -Two people were severely burned while attempting to make meth in North Knoxville, according to local authorities.
Police said Danny Stevens and Amanda Sebwenna were making meth outside a business on Cooper Street near Bernard Avenue and now they’re facing charges.
The Knoxville Fire Department decontaminated the area in front of a North Knoxville tire shop on Tuesday after Stevens and Sebwenna were sent to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Rural/Metro EMS for trying to make meth when it backfired.
“To be honest with you, it’s crazy,” said James Ezell of North Knoxville.
Ezell works down the street at Sam’s Automotive. He said the area does attract some of the homeless, but he’s never heard of anything like this before.
“We’ve heard them setting fires and stuff like that around here, gun shots, robberies, but not that until now,” said Ezell.
Knoxville police said the two were cooking meth when something exploded and caught both of them on fire nearby the Old Gray Cemetery.
Stevens’ burns were so severe that he was sent to the Vanderbilt Burn Center.
The Knoxville Fire Department sent their hazardous material unit to check it out. Both of the suspects had to strip down so that their clothes could be placed into a decontaminated red bag. They also had to be hosed off.
“The process has to be cold water so their pores don’t open up. If it’s warm water and they contaminate themselves even further. Usually when they remove their clothing, that gets rid of the contaminant,” said Capt. DJ Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Department.
Sebwenna was later arrested for an outstanding warrant in Hamblen County. Stevens is still receiving treatment for his injuries. As of Wednesday night, Stevens is in critical, but stable condition at Vanderbilt.
An investigation by the Organized Crime Unit is ongoing.