Fire That Shutdown I-10 Linked To Meth Lab Gone Wrong
March 10, 2012
Authorities believe a fire earlier this week that shutdown I-10 across Escambia Bay and snarled Pensacola area traffic was caused by a meth lab.
The Florida Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement said Friday that officers searched the area where the fire originated and found evidence linked to the one-pot — or “shake and bake” — method of producing methamphetamine.
While the exact cause is not certain, based upon what was found at the scene – melted plastic bottles and other items used to make meth – investigators suspect it was a malfunction of a shaker bottle that started the fire.
The fire ultimately consumed about 98 acres plus a 10 acre fire on an island that was sparked by embers from the first fire.