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A possible meth lab was found Sunday night in a second-story garage apartment in Forest Hill, according to police and fire officials

Firefighters were dispatched just before 8 p.m. to a two-story wood building detached from the main home on a property in the 1300 block of Boggs Road, according to a notice of investigation from the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

When they arrived, firefighters found the lower floor burning, according to Oliver Alkire, senior state deputy fire marshal and spokesman for the agency.

“They had difficulty extinguishing the fire, and they thought that was odd. Typically water should put out fire, but they had extreme difficulty.”- Oliver Alkire, senior state deputy fire marshal.

While a cause of the fire had not been determined by Monday, “we cannot rule out it was a chemical reaction that caused the fire,” Alkire said.

When firefighters couldn’t put out the fire right away, they suspected the building could be a meth lab and called the Harford County Narcotics Task Force.

Task force members found at the apartment what they believe to be precursor items used in meth lab operations, according to Capt. Lee Dunbar, of the task force.

He declined, however, to say what those precursors were because the investigation remains open.

“There was some sort of combustion at the scene as a result of what we believe are precursors,” he said.

Those items were seized and are being analyzed, a process Dunbar said could take weeks, or even months.

No charges have been filed against the apartment’s occupant, but Dunbar called him a person of interest in the case.

About 30 firefighters from Fallston, Bel Air, Jarrettsville and Joppa, as well as the Harford County Hazmat Team, responded to the fire and had it under control in about 45 minutes, according to the notice of investigation.

The fire caused an estimated $5,000 in damages to the building’s contents and $10,000 in damages to the building, according to the fire marshal’s office.








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