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Binghamton meth lab fire displaces more than 40 from apartment building


Officials say a man trying to make methamphetamine started a blaze in an upstate New York apartment building that drove more than 40 people out of their homes.


They tell the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin reports that 36-year-old Daniel Kauchis was trying to make the drug in his apartment when there was a small explosion that left him with minor burns and started the fire at about midnight Saturday.


Binghamton police say Kauchis was arraigned on first-degree reckless endangerment and fourth-degree arson charges and sent to the Broome County jail. Court officials weren't available Monday evening to say if he has a lawyer.


No other injuries were reported.


There are 21 children among the 43 being given emergency shelter or have moved in with friends or relatives.

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