Lewis said several meth labs have been discovered at the motel since 2008. This is the first time, though, that all of the motel's rooms have been closed for meth cleanup, he said.
Meth's dangerous contaminants can be passed from room to room and linger on countertops, carpets and in bathtubs. Residue where the drug is smoked or cooked can cause eye and skin irritation, vomiting, rashes, problems with asthma and other respiratory issues.
Lewis said it's also possible that motel cleaning staff unknowingly contaminated the rooms by using infected mops and rags.
Simon Environmental is inspecting everything in the motel, Lewis said, including the laundry facilities, keypads and main office. The main office remained open Thursday night, he said, but could be ordered closed if meth is found inside the laundry facilities.
As part of the cleanup process, all personal items left inside the contaminated rooms must be destroyed, Lewis said. The motel was completely booked before all its occupants were evacuated, he said.
"We usually allow them to pick up their wallets or their purses or at least allow them to take stuff out of their purse," Lewis said, "but clothing, laptops, stuff that remains inside the room are destroyed."
JoAnn Denton, a Martinsburg resident, said several of the boys team's jerseys were left inside the room. A parent made the five-hour drive back to Berkley County Thursday night to pick up junior varsity uniforms for the team.
Ray said people with the Motel 6 are "stepping up to the plate" and have promised to replace all items that will be lost in the cleanup.
"The motel is doing everything they can," he said.
Peyton Lewis, a 14-year-old Martinsburg High School student, said she was nervous prior to Friday's game because the team was sleep deprived. The players had been scheduled to practice at 5 p.m. Thursday, but they weren't able to get going until about 9 p.m.
"If we lose," she said, "everyone will blame this."
The team did, in fact, lose Friday - to George Washington High School, 53-51.
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