Meth may have played role in Hixson fire, police say

Meth may have played role in Hixson fire, police say

March 17th, 2010 by Staff Report in News

Police and fire authorities believe a house fire Tuesday morning in Hixson may have been caused by a methamphetamine lab inside the home.

Chattanooga firefighters were called to the home at 5714 Taggart Drive at 6:47 a.m., fire department spokesman Capt. Philip Hyman said.

Six people escaped from inside the home, including three children, Capt. Hyman said. He said there was one injury.

Information obtained from one of the fire victims indicated that hazardous chemicals used to manufacture meth were inside the house, according to Chattanooga Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary.

Joshua McMellon was taken to Erlanger hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the fire, she said.

The police department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Methamphetamine Task Force were dispatched to investigate, Capt. Hyman said.

The results of that investigation are pending, Sgt. Weary said.