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Police make arrests in meth lab explosion

Jessica Plummer Jessica Plummer
Mark Poggenpohl Mark Poggenpohl
Veronica Collins Veronica Collins
James Johnston James Johnston
Nicholas Nash Nicholas Nash

IOWA CITY (KWWL)--  A suspected meth lab may be to blame for an Iowa City apartment fire Monday.  Fire crews were called to the 2400 block of Lakeside Drive twice on Monday.

Around 9:30 a.m. smoke was coming from the building, and fire crews were able to get the fire under control. Iowa City police say the fire was the result of an explosion during a methamphetamine cook. The people in the apartment left before emergency crews arrived on the scene. A neighbor called to report the smoke. The apartment complex was evacuated and no one was injured. Hours later, fire crews were called back to the same address, after a report of smoke showing again.

The person living in the apartment that caught fire, 24-year-old Jessica Plummer, eventually came back to the apartment and spoke to the Johnson County Drug Task Force. Plummer led investigators to the home of 26-year-old Veronica Collins on Lower West Branch Road, where they found meth, evidence related to the explosion on Lakeside Drive. Police say there was also clothing worn by 27-year-old Mark Poggenpohl during the explosion.

Police have charged Plummer and Poggenpohl with Arson in the 1st Degree for the explosion on Lakeside Drive. Collins was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Police say two others were found with meth at the home on West Branch Road. James Johnston, 27, was charged with possessing meth, and 30-year-old Nicholas Nash was charged with a second offense drug possession.

Officials say two people were displaced by the fire on Lakeside Drive. Damage estimates total $20,000.

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