|Man burned in fire at alleged meth lab|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
April 29, 2005 - A Sulphur Springs man who was burned in a house fire Saturday afternoon is considered a suspect by Red River Valley Drug Task Force investigators who are investigating a suspected methamphetamine lab that may have caused the fire.
Sulphur Springs police and fire departments responded to a North Jackson Street residence after a fire was reported in a storage building attached to a home.
Officers were told that someone, not the resident, had been burned in the fire and immediate attempts were made to locate the man, identified as Christopher Glenn Brown, while firefighters worked to extinguish what remained of the fire.
"Someone found him and took him to the ER," an investigator said. "The police department followed up on it and called me to investigate and confirm their suspicion that there was a meth lab there. When I got there I saw the makings of a meth lab."
By the time fire and police arrived on the scene the fire had been all but extinguished and several items appeared to be missing from what drug task force officials said was a meth lab.
"It was pretty obvious someone had gotten rid of some things before the police and fire got there," the investigator said.
Officers then began to canvass of the area. At least two different items were found and determined to have been removed from the storage building. Officers said a container was found that may have been used for the materials needed to manufacture methamphetamine including chemicals and a generator.
The investigation into the clandestine lab on Jackson Street, which apparently "popped" Saturday, remains ongoing. As of late Monday morning, no one had been charged in connection with the lab, however, task force investigators named Brown as a suspect in the lab.
"Christopher G. Brown was injured and is a suspect. We suspect he was trying to manufacture meth and got burned," the investigator said.