ELKHART — An Elkhart man was charged with dealing in methamphetamine after he turned himself in for having caused a meth-related house fire Saturday, July 6.
Treven Irvine, 21, of 210 Kenyon Ave., Apt. B, was arrested Sunday on a preliminary charge of dealing in meth. According to the probable cause affidavit filed for Irvine’s arrest, police had spoken with a witness who knew Irvine and said he had made arrangements for Irvine to cook meth at his mother’s house, located at 1820 Fieldhouse Ave., Elkhart. The fire department responded to a fire at that location Saturday at about 7 p.m. and found two active meth vessels. Firefighters called the police department’s drug unit to follow up on the investigation.
The fire was under control by 12:39 a.m. Sunday, and no one was injured. Damage to the house was estimated at about 80 percent, according to a report from the fire department.
After the fire was out, the drug unit, under the consent of the homeowner, searched the house. The unit found two one-pot meth labs and several other items that are commonly used to manufacture meth.
Irvine came forward the next day, saying he “felt bad about the fire he started ... while he was attempting to manufacture methamphetamine,” according to the affidavit.
Irvine also told police he had manufactured meth several times in the past, and provided detailed knowledge of the items found at the house, according to the affidavit. He was booked at the Elkhart County Jail on a $75,000 bond.
A formal charge of dealing in meth by attempting to manufacture it, a class B felony, has been filed in Superior Court 3. Irvine’s initial hearing has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at the jail.
The house fire on Saturday was the third time in three weeks that the fire department reported a fire caused by active meth labs. Firefighters responded to a house fire at 2701 Ridgewood Apartments early on June 20 and determined it was caused by an active meth lab. Derrick Perkey, 23, was taken to the hospital with burns and later charged with dealing in meth.
Just a day after the Ridgewood apartments fire, the drug unit and firefighters were called to 327 Pottawattomi Drive for a fire started by a meth lab. One person was taken to the hospital with injuries from the fire, but no arrests have been made in that case.