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Published February 13, 2012, 01:05 AM

Dickinson Officials Suspect Meth Lab to be Cause of Apartment Fire

DICKINSON - Authorities suspect, but have not yet confirmed, that a methamphetamine lab explosion was the cause of an apartment fire Saturday at 1589 10th Ave. W. in Dickinson.

By: Dain Sullivan, The Dickinson Press

DICKINSON - Authorities suspect, but have not yet confirmed, that a methamphetamine lab explosion was the cause of an apartment fire Saturday at 1589 10th Ave. W. in Dickinson.

Fire Chief Bob Sivak said 30 firefighters and a number of police arrived at the Temili apartment complex shortly after 8 a.m. in response to a call that someone heard a loud “explosion” in one of the units.

DPD Police Chief Dustin Dassinger said one man is in custody. His name was not released Saturday. Authorities have not said if anyone was injured nor did they state which unit the fire started in.

“The building has been evacuated,” Sgt. Pete Sellie said.

Police said they were contacted by a resident who claimed to have heard a “boom” sound come from one of the units.

“It’s suspicious, obviously,” Sellie said. “We’re looking at the possibility that this is a meth lab.”

Michael Suggs, who lives on the second floor, said he was awakened by officials at 8 a.m. and was told to leave.

“I just heard some sirens,” Suggs said. “The fire department came and knocked on the door and said we had to evacuate.”

Members of the fire department deployed a decontamination unit in the building at approximately 10 a.m.

Police and fire officials are deferring additional questions to the North Dakota Criminal Justice Department. Agents believed to be involved in the investigation did not return calls made by The Press on Saturday.

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