Evansville, Indiana: Dogs warn families about meth lab house explosion and fire

Evansville, Indiana:  A meth lab explosion, that caught two homes on fire and damaged two others at about 1 a.m. Sunday morning, came as a surprise to residents of Stinson Avenue. One of those neighbors, whose home at 1711 Stinson Ave caught on fire, told reporters that his dog’s barks woke he and his wife up,  shortly before their bed shook from an explosion next door at 1713 Stinson Ave. Another news report about the fire said that another neighbor woke up after their dog pulled their blanket off of them.

The air was thick with smoke on Stinson Avenue this morning, when more than 7 fire trucks arrived to battle the fires that would take them 3 1/2 hours to get under control. By 4:30, firefighters declared two homes as a total loss and two other homes were described as slightly damaged.

An investigation of the cause of the fire turned up  a small blue bag, a bottle of Liquid Fire, coffee filters, and a tank that was described as an air respirator type – items associated with a  meth lab.

No injuries were reported, although no one knows the condition of the residents of 1713 Stinson Avenue, who were reportedly renting the home and whose whereabouts are now unknown. Firefighters did not find any bodies inside the house.

Sources:

“Suspected meth-related house fire spreads to adjacent West Side home | Update“, Evansville Courier and Press, 7/3/11

“Three Evansville Homes Catch Fire”, Tristate Homepage.com

“Two Evansville Homes Destroyed After Double Explosion”, WFIE. Com

 

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