Meth making blamed for Muncie motel fire

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities are blaming methamphetamine makers for starting a fire at a Muncie motel.

Muncie Fire Department investigator Robert Mead says crews found items associated with manufacturing meth after the fire Saturday night at the Budget Motel on the city’s south side.

Mead tells The Star Press that the chemical reaction from the meth ingredients started the fire, which gutted the room and damaged part of the motel’s exterior and roof.

Mead says no injuries were reported and that the meth makers had fled before emergency crews arrived.

Police said no arrests were immediately made. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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