Firefighters watch from a safe distance as a blaze damages part of an abandoned home on Archer Street in Woodbine Tuesday morning. Officials suspect that a meth lab explosion may have been the source of the blaze.
An abandoned home and nearby garage in Woodbine was badly damaged by fire early Tuesday morning, and fire officials think the blaze could have been caused by a meth lab explosion.
Firefighters with the Woodbine Volunteer Fire Department were alerted to a residential fire on Archer Street at about 7:00 a.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, the home and garage were fully consumed by flames.
Woodbine Volunteer Fire Department Chief Rick Fore said the cause of the fire appears suspicious.
"The neighbor heard an explosion and then the place was on fire," Fore said. "We’ve had reports that there is meth lab activity in there, but I can’t say anything for sure. That’s really all I know."
Fore said the heat from the fire melted the neighbor’s swimming pool.
Firefighters focused mainly on containing the blaze and were cautious because of concerns about a meth lab being in the garage. The home was not as badly damaged by fire, but both structures suffered heavy destruction.
Firefighters worked for several hours to control and finally extinguish the blaze. The home was unoccupied and abandoned at the time of the fire.
Firefighters from Oak Grove, Rockholds and West Knox Volunteer Fire Departments assisted at the scene. No one was injured in the blaze.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.