SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police and Fire departments responded to a report of suspicious circumstances regarding a strong smell of chemicals in the 2400 block of E. Sharp Ave. Saturday at about 4 a.m.
Upon arriving on scene fire personnel confirmed a strong smell of chemicals, but the occupant of one of the apartments in the four-plex would not respond to the door. Fire personal asked police to assist gaining entry to the apartment, and upon hearing gagging and coughing noises inside they forced entry into the apartment. An adult male was contacted who was not the tenant of the apartment.
Responding officers found the remnants of a possible meth lab. Special investigators responded later in the morning and processed the apartment finding the evidence of a once working meth lab. Police say the investigation is continuing and possible charges against the male found inside the apartment are pending.
Volunteers from the Red Cross were called out to the scene to help shelter two adults in a hotel for a short time until they are allowed back in their residence.