The 65-year-old owner of the house that burnt on Linden Avenue Saturday afternoon was arrested Sunday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
On Saturday, first responders crossed paths with John J. Rose, owner of the home at 515 W. Linden Ave. He said there was no one inside the home. Firefighters struggled with the blaze because of the heat caused by more than 100 potcooking vessels, 155 HCL generators, and over 20 55-gallon bags of methamphetamine trash, according to a press release from Indiana State Police. It took officers more than seven hours to collect all of the evidence, the release states.
Police officers from the Logansport/Cass County Drug Task Force as well as the Logansport Police Department assisted in the fire with the Logansport Fire Department. Evidence indicated the house fire was ignited during the manufacturing of methamphetamine, according to the release. Cass County Sheriff's Deputy Pat Zeider, of the Logansport/Cass County Drug Task Force, arrested Rose on Sunday at the suspect's girlfriend's home in Logansport, police said. He was incarcerated in the Cass County Jail to face felony charges.
"In my 15 years of law enforcement, I have never encountered a drug lab this large," Zeider said. "We are fortunate no one was injured considering there were over 100 one-pot cooking vessels and a house fire."
Citizens are encouraged to call local law enforcement agencies with any information about the possession, distribution, or manufacturing of methamphetamine. Information can also be reported anonymously by calling the Indiana State Police Methamphetamine Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756.