SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Greene County Sheriff's Department is investigating a fire at a residential motel that they believe was started by a methamphetamine lab. The fire started around 5:30 Monday morning in Unit 17 of the Cloud Drift Motel. Neighbors like William Dunn and his family are just glad it wasn't worse.
Dunn has lived at the motel for about a month and a half.
"My girlfriend says, the last few days, she smelled something kind of weird," Dunn said.
That strange smell was likely the meth lab that caught unit 17, just next door to Dunn's unit, on fire.
"I was just getting ready to get up anyway about 4:45 and there was banging on my door, saying there was a fire and everything," Dunn said.
He, his pregnant girlfriend, and their three girls got out okay.
"I stayed in my pajamas and ran out," said Ariel, 8.
A child in another unit had a panic attack, but no one was hurt by the fire.