Atlantic City police: Makeshift meth lab discovered after Tropicana fire

ATLANTIC CITY — Police have charged a New Jersey man with setting up a methamphetamine lab in a casino hotel room that caught fire Wednesday, causing four floors to be evacuated.

The fire at the Tropicana injured 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 Michael Pillar, 49, 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.

A hazardous materials team dismantled the lab.

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