Police: Man set up meth lab in Tropicana Casino hotel room

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ATLANTIC CITY -

Police have charged an Ocean County man with setting up a methamphetamine lab in an Atlantic City casino hotel room that caught fire Wednesday and caused four floors to be evacuated.

Wednesday's fire at the Tropicana casino injured two people: the man who rented the room and was later arrested, and a hotel employee who entered the room after the fire was detected.

Their conditions were not available Thursday.

Police charged 49-year-old Michael Pillar, of Whiting, with maintaining a drug production facility, possession of methamphetamine, and criminal mischief.

Damage from the fire was contained to the room on the 44th floor of the casino's west tower where the fire occurred.

A hazardous materials team dismantled the lab.

It could not immediately be determined whether Pillar has hired a lawyer.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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