Police are investigating a possible methamphetamine lab explosion at 1241 S. 22nd St., Apt. 2. One man was injured and later transported by medical helicopter for third-degree burns, according to police. No names have been released.
Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody said the call came in early Sunday. The caller reported loud banging noises, smoke and an odd smell coming from the apartment. The caller also reported witnessing two people who left the scene before officials arrived, according to police.
When the Fort Dodge Fire Department arrived around 4 a.m., the door was locked and no one was inside, Carmody said. Fire rescuers forced entry in order to extinguish the fire and found evidence of a meth lab, Carmody said.
Later, a 48-year-old man with burn injuries checked himself into the Trinity Regional Medical Center emergency room and admitted he had been at the apartment where the incident occurred, Carmody said. He was transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals as a precautionary measure.
"That man's actual role or involvement is still under investigation," Carmody said.
Police logs listed the incident as a first-degree arson, but no charges have been filed. First-degree arson is a Class B felony and is punishable by up 25 years in prison.
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