Methamphetamine materials may have started fire

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A fire at a mobile home early Monday morning is believed to have been started by a methamphetamine lab, Anchorage police said.

The call for the fire came in around 2 a.m., said Anchorage Police Department spokesman Ron McGee. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the rear of the trailer.

An alcohol-based product placed on top of a water heater is believed to have caused the fire, McGee said. Such products are commonly used to break down other ingredients used for making methamphetamine, McGee said. Other materials used to make the stimulant were found at the scene, he added.

The woman and man living at the residence disappeared soon after being contacted by fire officials, McGee said. Neighbors told police the couple had just moved in a few days ago.

Specially trained police officers in hazardous materials suits and gas masks spent several hours Monday cleaning up the suspected meth lab, McGee said.

Methamphetamine is an addictive stimulant also known as speed. Labs that produce it are dangerous because of the volatility of the ingredients.

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