PD: Avondale house fire caused by homemade meth lab

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 11:08:53-04

AVONDALE, AZ — A man has been arrested for cooking meth in his home and starting a house fire, according to police.

Avondale police report that on June 27 about 3 a.m. they responded to a house fire near Dysart and McDowell roads.

Police learned that Jeremiah William Yeager, 31, burned his right arm while allegedly trying to cook meth in his bedroom.

Court records show that screams from Yeager's son when he saw the fire awoke family members.

Police say Yeager's bedroom "had all the items need(ed) for a homemade meth lab." Investigators with the DPS hazardous materials unit reportedly found Pseudoephedrine, Epson salt, syringes, muriatic acid, lithium batteries and ammonia in Yeager's room.

Upon his release from the hospital, Yeager told police that he was "fascinated by chemistry" and curious on how meth is made, according to police.

Yeager was the only person injured in the fire.

Yeager has been charged with drug possession and possession of chemicals to make drugs.