House fire leads to an arrest

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Region 8 resident comes home from being out of town to discover his house suffered fire damage in his absence.

Firefighters responded to a call Sunday evening to a home in the 2600 block of Primrose street in Jonesboro.

Jonesboro Fire Marshall Jason Wills said the fire was well out when they arrived. "Engine company checked to ensure the fire was indeed out and it was not going to flare back up or any further fire involvement."

According to Wills the fire started in the den and was contained to that room, though the rest of the house suffered smoke damage.

"First thing Monday morning we went to the address and conducted a thorough investigation all day long and actually determined that a meth lab had exploded in the house," Wills said.

Wills added there were a number of factors that brought them to this conclusion.

First and foremost, what was discovered on scene.

"Usually in the manufacture of methamphetamine there are key components that are used in what we call shake and bake method," he said.  "Those items were discovered inside the burnt portion of the structure."

The scene was processed and the items were sent to the state crime lab in Little Rock.

Authorities have someone in custody who could be involved.  Police are not releasing his name at this time.

Region 8 news will bring you further details as they are made available.

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