BURLINGTON, Iowa (KWQC) – A strange odor and a garage fire led to the discovery of a suspected methamphetamine lab at a home in Burlington. According to a news release, police were called to investigate a suspicious odor in the 2,000 block of Melvin on Monday, Sept. 28 around 9:37 p.m. While heading to the scene, police got a second call that the garage at that address was on fire. When they arrived, they found the fire had damaged about a quarter of the detached garage where components for methamphetamine manufacturing were also seen.
An investigator from the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force, assisted by an agent from the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, obtained a search warrant for the residence and garage. Investigators located items that are consistent with the production of methamphetamine, both inside the house and at in the garage.
A man who lives there, 30-year-old Dustin D. Holmes, was found in the garage with multiple burns to his upper body. He was taken to the hospital and was treated for injuries and released. Holmes was later arrested on a domestic abuse assault charge in an incident at the home earlier in the day and is considered a person of interest in the fire and suspected meth-making operation.