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Hotel evacuated in meth scare

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Guests at a Mid-South hotel got an unexpected wake-up call Friday when police busted a meth lab inside a hotel room.

Anthony Collins and his crew from Omaha, Nebraska, are in town for Bar-B-Que Fest, staying at the Sleep Inn on Austin Peay.  Friday, they had to evacuate their room in the middle of the morning.

"We was going to sleep-in until about 12, actually, because we had a late night," Collins said.

But that changed when cops and firefighters poured in, banging on doors as they emptied the hotel and escorted 45 guests to the parking lot.

It all started when a third floor smoke alarm went off.  Firefighters initially responding to the alarm saw a small cloud in the hallway.  Hotel staff told emergency crews they suspected someone was cooking meth in a third floor room.

"It's dangerous for the tenants in the hotel," said Lt. Robert Qualls of the Memphis Fire Department.

Investigators found two bottles of cooked product: one in the room, and one that was tossed from a window, landing in the grass outside.  Unfortunately, whoever had been cooking the meth took off before emergency crews arrived.

After the hotel was deemed safe for guests, they were allowed to go back to their rooms.  Collins said the excitement wouldn't ruin his opinion of the city, or his weekend.

"Every time we go somewhere we always got a story to tell," he said. "So this will be part of our story to tell once we get back to Omaha."

Police are searching for the person or persons responsible. If you can help, investigators ask you call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH.

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