Meth Lab Discovered in Shed After Fire in Sherman
A suspicious fire Sunday inside a shed in the southern Aroostook county town of Sherman has led to the discovery of an apparent meth lab.
The fire was spotted by an off-duty firefighter who drove by the property on the Gallison Road and saw a man whose clothes were on fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office says 45-year-old Todd Budick was treated at the scene for burns to his hands, arms and face. Budick then left the scene, according to a press release Monday from the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Fire investigators were joined Monday morning by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s lab team which is cleaning up the remnants of the alleged meth lab inside the shed. The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office was also on scene.
Two weeks ago, the house that Budick lived in on the property burned to the ground, officials say. Fire investigators suspected that methamphetamine may have played a role in the fire, but the cause could not be determined due to the extent of the damage.
The making of methamphetamine is highly flammable and explosive. This is the 23rd meth-related response by MDEA and law enforcement this year in Maine.