A Creve Coeur man told his wife not to report the fire consuming their trailer home last week because he had started it while making meth, charges filed Friday allege.

Ronald Watters, 61, was charged with Class X aggravated production of methamphetamine in a residence owned by another, his son. Conviction carries a maximum 30-year prison term. Watters also was charged with possession of meth manufacturing materials and unlawful use of property, punishable by up to seven years each.

A retired carpenter with no prior felony record, he was ordered held on $85,000 bond pending his next court appearance on April 4.

Watters’ wife, Kimberly, told police that, as the two fled from their home in Cedar Ridge Estates when the fire broke out at about 5:30 a.m., he told her not to call the police, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated. Outside, he told her not to call 911 because he had been cooking meth and they needed to leave. Watters then left the village without her, she said.

Several days later police made contact with Watters, who told them he would turn himself in. He was arrested when he did so Thursday.

Inside the gutted trailer, police found equipment and chemicals, including pseudoephedrine, used in making meth, the affidavit stated.