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Meth arrest made after house bursts into flames

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NEWBURGH, IN (WFIE) -

A woman is arrested on meth and marijuana charges after a house bursts into flames in Warrick County.

Little remains of the Newburgh home after it caught fire early Friday morning. Officials say the fire was already spreading to nearby homes when crews arrived.

It broke out around 7:00 a.m. on Overland Drive in Newburgh. Crews say the fire was so big that it was already spreading when they arrived.

"When we arrived, the fire was very intense. In fact, the flames were shooting out touching the houses on either side. We put those two out and then moved to the main house," says Ohio Township Assistant Fire Chief Chad Grunow.

An investigation, led by the Indiana State Fire Marshall and Warrick Co. Prosecutor's office, shows evidence that the fire could have been started by a meth lab or the precursors of a meth lab in the home's garage.

Deputies arrested 36-year-old Megan McCutcheon. She's being held at the Warrick Co. Jail on charges of manufacturing and possession of meth. She is also being charged with possession of marijuana.

The damage the fire left on surrounding homes is clearly visible as well. Neighbors and at least five fire trucks lingered for hours after the fire was contained, continually putting out hot spots.

A neighbor tells 14 News that she came out after she heard what sounded like a few explosions. Firefighters say they heard them too.

"We had a couple of explosions out at the garage when we first arrived, not quite sure what they were. We're still kind of investigating, trying to find out what that was."

No one was injured in the fire.

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