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Meth lab blamed for Anamosa fire Friday

ANAMOSA (KWWL) - A basement meth lab in a rented home was the likely cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Anamosa on Friday.

Anamosa Police and Anamosa Fire were called to a house fire at 406 N. Sales St. in Anamosa at 10:22 p.m. Friday.

Occupants of the home escaped the fire uninjured. The house was a total loss.

Firefighters found remnants of materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine in the basement of the house, according to the Anamosa Police Department.

The home was owned by Herb and Deb Carson of Anamosa. It was being rented to Ricky Finneman, Debra Pazour, Daniel Finneman and Joshua Finneman, according to police.

A fifth resident of the home -- an acquaintance of the family's -- had been staying in the basement of the residence for the past three months, where the meth lab materials were found. That person was not named by police.

The investigation continues and criminal charges are pending results of Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation lab analysis.

Assisting at the fire were the Jones County Sheriff's Office, Anamosa Ambulance, Monticello Fire, the Iowa State Fire Marshall, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Jones County Emergency Management and the Red Cross.
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