Fire Set Near Active Meth Lab

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NORWALK, Ohio — Police evacuated four adults and a three-year-old child from an apartment after a fire was set near an active meth lab Friday.

According to Norwalk police, officers had received tips regarding the manufacturing of meth at an apartment on Bouscay Avenue.

Police executed a search warrant at the apartment just before 5 p.m. Friday. Officers announced their presence before hearing people rustling around upstairs and seeing others peering out of an upstairs window, according to reports.

Officers entered the apartment and found a male suspect running from an upstairs bedroom into a bathroom. A small fire had been started in the bedroom where an active meth lab was found, said police.

They evacuated four adults and a three-year-old child from the apartment.

The Norwalk Fire Department extinguished the fire.

Police said the fire had been started by various chemicals used to manufacture meth. One of the suspects admitted knocking over a container with chemical bi-products that started the blaze, according to reports.

Four people were arrested on charges including illegal manufacturing of methamphetamines, permitting drug abuse, child endangering and trafficking in heroin.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, and additional arrests will be made.

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