LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - Cass County law enforcement agencies and Indiana State Police continue to investigate what they call the largest methamphetamine lab they've ever seen.
Fire crews said it wasn't until after the flames were out when they realized the home was more than just the scene of a fire.
"It's very scary because like anywhere, this whole neighborhood is full of kids," Logansport resident Bryan Hannah said.
"This stuff being around your family is really scary," Logansport resident Kayla Steineman said.
The call came in just before 4 p.m. Saturday that there was a fire at 515 W. Linden Avenue in Logansport.
"I went to the front door and saw all kinds of smoke coming from this house across the street," Hannah said.
"I saw all the smoke and ran outside and saw the cop running down the street and I realized it was a house fire," Steineman said.
"The interior crew got inside and knocked the fire down fairly quickly," Assistant Logansport Fire Chief Rick Bair said. "I'd say the fire was under control in 15 to 20 minutes."
Bair said it wasn't until after the flames were extinguished when the fire scene quickly turned into what they said is the largest drug bust they've ever seen or heard of.
"One of the firefighters had mentioned that he had noticed some material in a bathroom that was known to be used to make methamphetamines," Bair said.
"They located over 100 portable meth labs, or 'one pot methods,' is what they call to make meth," Cass County Sheriff Randy Pryor said.
Sheriff Pryor said they've arrested the homeowner, 65-year-old John Rose, on preliminary charges for manufacturing meth and maintaining a common nuisance.
Neighbors News 18 spoke with said they didn't know Rose but were shocked that this happened just a few doors down.
"It's very dangerous and very scary to know that it's right in your own neighborhood," Hannah said. "This just proves that it could happen anywhere."
Sheriff Pryor said it took crews more than six hours to clean up and properly dispose the meth making materials they found in the home.
He said typically the clean-up process only takes about an hour.
No one was hurt in Saturday's fire.
Investigators said while meth could have played a major role, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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