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UPDATE 5/14/12 @ 10:50 a.m.
DUNBAR, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- A motel in Dunbar remains closed after several rooms were contaminated by meth.
The Super 8 on Dunbar Avenue was shut down last Wednesday, because three rooms showed traces of meth making materials after Dunbar Police arrested a man for having meth. The arrest happened last month.
Motel Manager Dale Samples told WSAZ.com they closed the motel down voluntarily to speed up the cleaning process.
Brandon Lewis, program coordinator for the DHHR's Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Program, tells WSAZ.com the testing and sampling have been completed at the motel. He received the test results Monday morning.
Now the motel has to submit a work plan to the DHHR to get approval. Once it's approved, the motel can begin the clean up process.
The clean up process can take up to a week to complete. Then, experts will come to the motel for another sampling to make sure the motel is safe to reopen to guests.
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Testing confirms that at least three rooms in the hotel were found with traces of meth. Officials say Room 304 had the highest levels, but two surrounding rooms also tested positive.
"It's a process," said Brandon Lewis, program coordinator for the DHHR's Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Program. "Instead of coming in and just shutting the whole place down, we will test the room that had the meth-making materials in it and we will test the rooms around it."
After all three showed traces of the drug, officials knew it was time to take action. They say management volunteered to shut down the hotel, speeding up the process.
Every single room is now being tested, but in the meantime they say guests shouldn't worry.
"Odds are, those rooms will come back clean, but there's a chance that they will come back contaminated, which means they'll have to shut those rooms down," Lewis said. "They'll be able to open the hotel, but the rooms will be shut down until a contractor cleans those rooms."
If you're exposed to too much meth, officials say you'll start to mimic the behavior of someone on the drug. You might have trouble sleeping or become easily agitated.
"A lot of people think well, if I can't see it then it can't hurt me," Lewis said. "You can't see meth residue with the naked eye but it is hazardous to your health."
Brandon Lewis, program coordinator for the DHHR's Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Program, tells WSAZ.com a meth lab bust was made at the hotel a few weeks ago and tests found that several rooms were contaminated.
Lewis says it's the agency's protocol to temporarily shut down a facility when this type of results are discovered. It also requires additional testing.
The hotel will stay closed until every room is tested and investigators figure out where the contamination begins and ends so that anyone that stays there is safe.
Once the testing is complete and the motel is decontaminated, it will be allowed to reopen.
Investigators in hazmat suits are still at the hotel at this time. Officials are still in the process of closing the motel.
An employee who answered the phone at the hotel referred us to its corporate office. However, the person did say the motel was not accepting any reservations at this time.
WSAZ.com tried to contact the office, but our call was not returned before this publication.
A sign is posted on the front of the hotel that reads "Due to a safety precaution we have been forced to close the building until further notice. Please stop by the lobby or dial "0" for more information."
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