Jul 23, 2015 5:06 PM

Fire crews pick through rubble, try to find cause of Farmington fire


FARMINGTON - Fire crews were back at a home on Meaderboro Road on Thursday after a fire destroyed a home there on Wednesday, leaving little more than the foundation behind.
Firefighters returned to put out hot spots and further investigate the cause.
Neighbors said they heard explosions and saw a black cloud of smoke coming from the home Wednesday night.
“It looked like black snow,” said Kaylee Retay, who lives next door as she described debris flying off the home.

“We moved to the tree line to see what was going on, and the flames were coming through, and all we could see was a black cloud of smoke,” said Retay
The 13-year-old remembers just two weeks ago when police conducted a search of the property following a tip that the occupants might be cooking up trouble. At that time, police found about 400 marjuana plants and evidence of a former methamphetamine lab in the basement.
But Farmington Police Chief John Drury said investigators removed anything connected to the illegal activities at that time.
“Anything that they had used we took, the old ingredients and anything that we thought could be used down the road was all seized,” he said. “They could have restocked, but I hope they didn’t.”
Neighbors are still coming to terms with the fact that their children are growing up next to a possible meth lab and that an 11-year-old boy was living inside.
“My brother is friends with him, and I knew he got taken out of the house the last time they went there. So when the fire happened, I knew he’d be ok,” said Retay.
Police say they are not ruling anything out while they search for a cause. The couple has a long criminal background, they said.
The fire department said it could take days, even months, before they identify a cause. The damage so significant, they said it’s making their jobs more difficult.


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