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  NORTH MUSKEGON, MI – Fire and police investigators found a working meth lab in the basement of a North Muskegon home that was severely damaged in a fire Saturday morning, according to the city’s fire chief.laketon-township-house-fire-on-ruddiman-edd4f58174e8517d

“We did find a working lab,” North Muskegon Fire Chief Steve Lague said Sunday, Feb. 8.

The fire sent four people in the house to area hospitals, two by ambulance, firefighters said Saturday, Feb. 7.

The lab may have been the cause of the fire, and it was definitely a “contributing factor,” Lague said.

“Right now we cannot determine 100 percent and say that was the definite cause, but that’s very much what we’re leaning towards,” Lague said around noon Sunday. “We’ve ruled out electrical, and we’ve ruled out all the normal things.”

Fire investigators are working with the West Michigan Enforcement Team, Lague said. That’s a multi-county, multi-police agency regional drug enforcement unit.

The fire was reported around 8:30 a.m. Saturday at a home in the 200 block of Ruddiman Drive.

Lague said fire officials found the chemical components of what appeared to be a methamphetamine manufacturing lab in the basement Saturday while looking for hot spots. Lague called the Michigan State Police, who sent a technical team that tested the chemicals, found them to be meth components and safely removed them, he said.


As of early Sunday afternoon, no one was under arrest, Lague said.

Two occupants of the house were transported to local hospitals by Professional Med Team ambulance, while two others went by private vehicle, firefighters said Saturday.

Lague said one of the occupants was later taken to a burn unit at a Grand Rapids hospital and was still hospitalized Sunday morning. Two other people were treated and released Saturday, he said, and he didn’t know the status of the fourth.

The house suffered fire and smoke damage throughout.

Units from the North Muskegon fire and police departments, the Muskegon Fire Department and Muskegon Township Fire Department and Pro-Med responded to the fire. The Muskegon Police Department assisted with traffic control. The Norton Shore Canteen 450 bus was at the scene to provide warmth and refreshments.









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