People living in part of Lower Macungie Twp., Lehigh Co., got a rude awakening on Thursday.
Dozens of residents were told to clear out after a suspected home methamphetamine lab went up in smoke.
Now, the brother of the home's owner is in trouble with the law and with his own family.
Jeff Miller was arrested and charged with a number of drug-related crimes after police said the chemicals he was dumping caught fire.
The family said it was all going on inside his sister's home on Hartford Court without her knowing about it.
"I don't like it. I don't like anything to do with drugs," said neighbor Paul Edelman.
Drugs are exactly what state police said were being cooked inside the home, which police and hazmat teams raided after receiving reports of a fire.
What police said they found instead were methamphetamine and meth-making materials.
Miller, 34, was charged with running a meth lab, causing or risking a catastrophe and recklessly endangering another person.
"Right now, off limits to anyone because of the extent of the hazardous materials from the drugs inside," said George Caldarelli, the township's fire marshal and building inspector.
In a strange twist, the family said Miller's sister, the home's owner, only found out about the meth after chemicals Miller was allegedly using caught fire.
A family friend, who didn't want to be identified, defended the sister's innocence.
"The owner was completely unaware this was going on," the friend said.
Miller has been busted before. In 2011, he was jailed for running a meth lab in Northampton, Northampton Co. The family said he moved into the Lower Macungie home last spring after being paroled from prison.
A family friend said she has no idea how long Miller was allegedly running the new lab.