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Police, FD investigate suspected meth lab fire

March 6, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

Charges are expected after an apartment fire was discovered to have been caused by a drug lab.

The fire was reported on Friday at 9:53 p.m.

The Fort Dodge Fire Department and Fort Dodge Police Department both responded to 1310 Second Ave. S., after a fire had been reported in Apartment B, according to Police Chief Tim Carmody.

While at the apartment fire, another call came in about an injured man at 502 N. 11th St. Carmody said the 45-year-old man told investigators he was burned on his upper torso, face and hands. He was transported to Trinity Regional Medical Center, and then moved to the University of Iowa Burn Center due to his injuries.

It was determined the man's injuries were caused by the fire at 1310 Second Ave. S., No. B.

A 25-year-old woman who was also in the apartment was treated and released from Trinity.

Carmody said evidence found at the scene determined the fire was caused by an active methamphetamine lab.

The man and the woman who were injured have not been charged in the case, and as a result, their names are not being released. However, Carmody said if charges are filed, their names will be revealed.

Carmody said anybody with information on this case is asked to call the Fort Dodge Police Department at 573-1426 or Crime Stoppers at 573-1444.

Contact Peter Kaspari at (515) 573-2141 or



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