Responding to the report of a house fire off Veterans Road Friday night, Columbia police discovered what they believe to be a meth lab at 1033 Coatsdale Road.
Police and firefighters arrived on scene around 5:30pm to discover a man standing in the doorway of the house. He had suffered severe burns as the result of a fire started during the manufacture of methamphetamine in a pot in the house, police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said in an email.
Officers entered the house to pull the unidentified man to safety. He was taken to the hospital for severe burns. As a precaution, four police officers were also taken to the hospital because of possible exposure to methamphetamine fumes, Timmons said.
The State Law Enforcement Division was on scene of the house fire cleaning up Friday night.
No charges have been filed in the case which is still under investigation.