Suspected meth lab at site of townhouse blast

An excavator tears down a town house at 1217 Southdale Road East that exploded on Friday night in...

An excavator tears down a town house at 1217 Southdale Road East that exploded on Friday night in London Ontario on Sunday, August 17, 2014. The building was torn down for safety reasons. A criminal investigation into the cause of the explosion continues by London Police and the Ontario Fire Marshall.DEREK RUTTAN/ The London Free Press /QMI AGENCY

Jonathan Sher and John Miner, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- In the smoky aftermath of a weekend blast that peeled back the second floor of a local townhouse, investigators found the remains of a suspected meth lab, QMI Agency has learned.

Fire officials have turned the probe over to London police.

The discovery of an apparent meth lab came after suspicions of neighbours in the public housing complex saw someone flee the scene just before the explosion Friday night that rattled townhouses across a parking lot and caused $500,000 damage.

Fire officials, police and a team from the Ontario Fire Marshal's office worked their way through the charred remains on Sunday, with police leading the probe.

"They are taking the lead because of some issues we have identified inside," fire marshal's office investigator Bill Hay said.

Hay wouldn't say what had been found but a source says it appeared to be the remnants of a lab used to make the street drug methamphetamine .

 

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