Meth lab suspected cause of apartment fire

HMN- Muncie, Indiana police suspected methamphetamine labs the cause of the apartment fire. News story as reported by The Star Press.

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 MUNCIE, Ind. – A fire at a southside public housing complex led to a Muncie woman’s arrest on meth-related charges.

Julie Lee Medlen, 45, of the 3500 block of South Juniper Lane, was taken into custody after firefighters and police were called to a reported blaze in her apartment at the Earthstone Terrace housing complex.

The fire, apparently quickly contained, was reported shortly after 2 p.m.

Authorities found what was believed to be part of a meth lab in the kitchen sink. Elsewhere in the apartment they found a plastic bag containing a “white powdery substance” determined to be meth, materials used to produce meth, and and “old one-pot meth labs.”

Investigators believe a guest in the apartment was “cooking” meth when the fire broke out, prompting that person to flee.

When an officer encountered an “overwhelming chemical odor” after opening an outside storage closet, an Indiana State Police meth suppression scene was called to the scene to remove potentially hazardous materials.

According to an arrest affidavit, Medlen admitted she had let others “make meth inside her apartment on several occasions,” and at times provided ingredients, including an allergy medication and, as recently as Monday, drain cleaner.

The Muncie woman – arrested on preliminary charges of dealing in meth, possession of meth and maintaining a common nuisance – was being held in the Delaware County jail on Wednesday under a $15,000 bond.

Medlin was convicted of neglect of a dependent in Grant County in 2008.

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