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Fire in meth lab leads to arrest, police say

A fire in a meth lab at a Bowser Avenue home Tuesday night led to the arrest of one of the home's residents, Fort Wayne police said today.

Steven Ray Knott, 27, of the 4200 block of Bowser Avenue, was held on $2,500 bond on a charge he possessed two or more chemical precursors with the intent to manufacture.

Police said in a statement that firefighters were sent to 4225 Bowser Ave. about 11:20 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a structure fire, and contained the fire to the garage.

Fire investigators observed evidence that a meth lab may have started the fire, the statement said, so they sought assistance from the police department's Meth Suppression Team.

Police said they observed "remnants of chemical precursors and molten plastic vessels associated with the manufacture of Methamphetamine."

The statement said police subsequently contacted Knott, who was not present during the fire investigation, and learned Knott "had purchased the chemical precursors that were used in the meth lab that resulted in the fire."

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