Apartment Fire Leads to Meth Lab Bust

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Courtesy: Canal Fulton Police

CANAL FULTON, OH — An apartment fire resulted in a meth lab bust early Sunday morning.

According to Chief Doug Swartz, officials were called to Cathedral Circle around 7:30 a.m. for an apartment fire, which crews said started in the basement.

Upon arrival, crews learned the fire was caused by suspicious circumstances.

Police said several people were seen running from the home, including a female wearing only a bath towel carrying a baby.

Stark County Hazmat and BCI were called to the scene for assistance. Chief Swartz said authorities found twelve “one pot” bottles, also known as “shake and bake meth cooks,” along with other drug paraphernalia in the home.

The woman running from the scene was believed to be the only suspect injured. She suffered severe burns to her upper torso.

Police said approximately four other people were involved.

One neighbor had to be evacuated due to the fire. The resident has since returned to the apartment, which only had minimal damage.

The Stark County Prosecutor’s Office is working to determine appropriate charges.