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Thursday morning apartment fire cause by meth lab

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on June 20, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

Truth Staff

ELKHART — Police say an early Thursday morning fire that broke at an apartment in Elkhart was caused by a methamphetamine lab. A man was also taken to the hospital with injuries from the fire.

The Elkhart Fire Department responded around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20, to 2701 Ridgewood Drive, Elkhart.

Firefighters reported that smoke was coming from the apartment’s attic when they arrived. They entered the building and had the fire under control shortly before 2 a.m.

According to a press release from the Elkhart Police Department, as firefighters arrived at the scene, they found items that are used in meth labs and called police.

Police learned that a man suspected of having been at the apartment at the time of the fire had fled. They found him in the 400 block of Jackson Place.

The man was taken to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment of injuries from the fire.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, according to the press release. The name of the man has been withheld at this time.