Concord man charged after alleged meth lab catches fire in his apartment
CONCORD – Police say they uncovered a meth lab and arrested one man at a South Main Street apartment after witnesses saw burning objects being thrown from the second-floor window Thursday night.
Edward Hill, 26, of 206 South Main St., was taken into custody at the scene after police found chemicals in the open trunk of a car parked nearby and say the chemicals appeared to be those used in making methamphetamines.
A woman in the car told police that she and Hill had gone to the hardware story and returned home to to see smoke coming from their apartment. She said Hill ran into the apartment and handed her chemicals, ordering her to put them in the car. Moments later, police arrived.
Two women working at a nearby business also reported to police they had seen a man, believed to be Hill, enter the building before police arrived and start throwing burning items out of the window. The two women also said they'd seen the same man remove a trash bag from inside the apartment.
A neighbor told police he had seen smoke coming from the apartment window and had forced entry into the building worried that people might be inside. Instead, he found several small plastic items burning and melting, he told police.
Based on witness statements and the discovery of the chemicals used as a precursor for making meth, police say they believe Hill had initiated a “methamphetamine cook” inside the residence and that the cook may have overheated causing the fire.
Hill was taken to the Concord police station where police say they found him in possession of suboxone without a prescription.
He was charged with possession of controlled drugs, manufacture of methamphetamine and receiving stolen property.
Concord police received assistance from a state drug team to secure hazardous materials on the property. Hill was held overnight after refusing bail and was scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.
Police say their investigation is ongoing and that more charges are expected.