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Police call leads to fire arrests, suspected meth lab discovered

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INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) -

A call for suspicious activity in Independence leads to the discovery of a fire, two arrests and what police say is a meth lab.  Police were called to an apartment in the 900 block of 9th Street Southwest just after 1 a.m. Saturday.  When they got there, they noticed a fire in the apartment and two men running from the building. As fire crews put out the blaze, Independence Police caught up with 56-year-old Craig Buckingham of Oelwein and 52-year-old Cary Straw of Independence. Once the blaze was out, firefighters discovered what they call a clandestine laboratory inside the apartment.  Buckingham and Straw face several charges including arson and burglary.  Both are in the Buchanan County Jail.

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