Firefighters’ trip to a Mansfield home early Tuesday morning may have began with the purpose of extinguishing a second-floor fire, but it ended with the discovery of a possible meth lab and one resident’s arrest.
Just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, Mansfield firefighters responded to 48 Stearns Ave. for a fire in an upstairs bedroom. They quickly put out the flames and found that no one had been injured, authorities said.
But an examination of the house by a fire investigator revealed evidence that the space was being used to manufacture illegal narcotics, Mansfield police said.
A hazardous materials, or HAZMAT, team, Mansfield police, the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad and the state Fire Marshal’s Clandestine Lab Team responded to the home. Their investigation turned up chemicals and other items used to manufacture methamphetamine, a powerful and illegal stimulant, state police said.
Police arrested Robert S. Triggs, 48, a resident of the home. He was arraigned Tuesday in Attleboro District Court on a range of drug charges, authorities said.