Meth Production Causes Burlington Fire

The cause of a Burlington house fire at 1105 South 10th Street back in December, can now be blamed on the production of methamphetamine.

Detectives were called to investigate the fire after it was deemed suspicious. While conducting their survey, they found several items consistent with the manufacture of meth. They also confirmed that chemicals and components of meth were present at the origin of the fire.

The tenant of the room, where the fire started, is 37-year-old Wilson Porter. After authorities interviewed people at the scene, they concluded that Porter had a history with meth production, was present when the fire started, and yelled for everyone to “get out” of the building.

He is in the Des Moines County Jail on unrelated meth charges, 1st degree arson, and manufacturing meth. His bond is $200,000 pending a court appearance.