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Pair arrested after fire blamed on meth lab

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Police say they arrested two people in connection with a suspicious fire allegedly caused by a meth lab at a home in Galva, Illinois.

The fire happened February 21, 2012 at a home in the 500 block of S.E. Fourth Avenue.

Investigators determined the cause of the fire was methamphetamine production in the home.

Police said Mandy Lynn Pratt, 32, and Joseph William McGahey, 28, were arrested and jailed in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Pratt was held in the Henry County, Illinois Jail.

Both were scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in Henry County Court Monday, April 9, 2012 at 9 a.m.

“The production of methamphetamine which results in a fire or explosion that damages the property belonging to another person is a Class X Felony, subject to a term of imprisonment from 6-30 years, and a fine of up to $100,000.00,” according to a statement from Illinois State Police.

Online records show McGahey was on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections in December 2011 after being convicted in Knox County for manufacturing methamphetamine.

McGahey was expected to be on parole until December 2013.