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Clarksville apartments quarantined after meth lab found

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Officials responded to the Executive Drive Apartments after reports of children feeling their eyes burning. Officials responded to the Executive Drive Apartments after reports of children feeling their eyes burning.
Samantha Smith was arrested and charged with operating a meth lab inside her home. Samantha Smith was arrested and charged with operating a meth lab inside her home.
CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Officials responded to a Clarksville apartment complex Tuesday after reports of children feeling their eyes burning. What they found was an active meth lab in a neighboring apartment. Now, several homes remain under quarantine after an evacuation of the complex.

"I said, 'We have to leave the area, we're going to inhale it,'" said neighbor Madge James. "That's what my wisdom told me, get me away from it. We got away from it."

James describes herself as a lifelong pastor who's dedicated her life to helping children. That's why she's said she's so bothered to see skateboards, bikes, roller skates, and toys surrounding the scene of a crime at her Executive Drive Apartments complex.

"There were ambulances and a whole lot of cars up front," said James. "I asked them what was the problem. They said, 'Come out of the house!' We had to get out of the house. Something was happening down there that may have come to our apartment."

Resident Samantha Smith was arrested and charged with operating a meth lab inside her home. Montgomery County sheriff's officials said Smith had two children living around the meth making materials who were with a grandmother at the time of the arrest. Their case has been referred to the Department of Children's Services.

"What can you say, you know," neighbor Alonzo Haney said. "People do stupid things. I don't know when these people are going to be able to come back in here. It could be three days, four days, you never know."

As the residents stay in hotels, neighbors said they hope the children who live in the apartments will be able to return to their toys soon without any other threats of danger.

"It's scary," Haney said. "It could've been a lot worse."

Sheriff's officials added that the complex had to stay quarantined because the apartments in the building share an attic and ventilation system.

Smith has been booked into the Montgomery County Jail and is being held on a $20,000 bond.

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