Meth Labs Blamed For Several Fires (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson

June 27, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 5:45 PM EDT

BLUFFTON, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Over the past year Bluffton has had several fires the fire investigator says were caused by meth labs.

"Since July of '12 we've had four or five fires that have been meth related," said Capt. Chris Broderick, Fire Investigator, Bluffton Fire Department.

Broderick is still investigating what caused the blaze that sparked in a historic building Wednesday in the 100 block of West Perry.

"There have been meth labs in this area, that the police have made arrests on, but to say this is meth related would be pure speculation.," said Broderick.

For the fires that were proven to be meth related, Broderick says it's frustrating to know they were avoidable.

"There's an inherent danger with fighting fire, however we don't need anymore fires from meth related incidents because they are dangerous, and they're uncalled for. It's a preventable fire," said Broderick.

The materials used to make meth include several dangerous chemicals and propane tanks.

"It's very frustrating. The fact that they're putting themselves and other occupants of their area, or neighbors in jeopardy, but also our firefighters in jeopardy," said Broderick.

Broderick says the building in the 100 block of West Perry is not structurally sound so investigators are unable to go inside the building right now. He says because of that the investigation into what caused the fire on Perry could take some time.

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