Garage Fire Caused by Meth Making Chemicals

By Scott Sarvay

Stephen R. Knott

September 28, 2012 Updated Sep 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Fire investigators suspect evidence of a meth lab may have started Tuesday’s garage fire on Bowser Avenue.

After arriving to the scene and extinguishing the fire, two or more chemicals used in the production of meth were discovered.

The Fort Wayne Police Department followed up on the initial investigation with one of the residents, 27-year-old Stephen R. Knott, who admitted to police that he had purchases the chemicals that eventually caused the fire.

Firefighters had to act fast after a garage on the southeast side of Fort Wayne went up in flames late Tuesday night.

Crews were called to the 4200 block of Bowser Avenue at 10:50 p.m.

They arrived on scene within minutes to find what was described as a "fully involved garage fire".

Surrounding houses were quickly evacuated after fear the fire might spread.

Crews aggressively attacked the blaze from both sides of the structure and were able to get it under control in 12 minutes.

Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire.

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