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Police investigating possible meth-related fire in Elkhart


Police are investigating following a fire that may have been caused by a meth lab explosion.

Early Friday morning, Elkhart police and fire department were called to put out a fire on Pottawatomi street, near the St. Joe river,  in Elkhart.

Police couldn't confirm any cause for the fire, but residents we spoke to say they believe it was a meth lab that exploded.

The smoke and fire affected several other apartments.  The Red Cross is offering those residents a place to stay and other assistance.

If the fire does turn out to be meth-related, this would be the third meth incident within the past two days in the county.

As other neighbors brought out their possessions, resident Cindi Snyder said she wasn't going anywhere.  "Overall, it's a pretty quiet neighborhood. There's one or two bad neighbors, but for the most part I actually like it here," said Snyder.  "I'm going to try and stay. Right now I got all my windows open trying to let it air out. I didn't see any damage, but everything smells like smoke in there."

Luckily, Cindi, who lives just two doors down from the unit the fire broke out in, was not at home when it started.  Cindi and other residents expressed that they had troubles with those neighbors in the past, and were happy to see them leaving.

Residents suspect that the victim of the fire fled the apartment. A person at Elkhart General Hospital was identified with burns consistent with the reported accident on Potowatomi. Police have not released the name of the burn victim yet, nor acknowledged any connection between the incidents.


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