3 Firefighters hurt battling huge house fire in New River

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The cleanup and investigation are under way after fire tore through mobile home that might have contained a meth lab. By Catherine Holland The cleanup and investigation are under way after fire tore through mobile home that might have contained a meth lab. By Catherine Holland
The cleanup and investigation are under way after fire tore through mobile home that might have contained a meth lab. By Catherine Holland The cleanup and investigation are under way after fire tore through mobile home that might have contained a meth lab. By Catherine Holland
The cleanup and investigation are under way after fire tore through mobile home that might have contained a meth lab. By Catherine Holland The cleanup and investigation are under way after fire tore through mobile home that might have contained a meth lab. By Catherine Holland
The cleanup and investigation are under way after fire tore through mobile home that might have contained a meth lab. By Catherine Holland The cleanup and investigation are under way after fire tore through mobile home that might have contained a meth lab. By Catherine Holland
The cleanup and investigation are under way after fire tore through mobile home that might have contained a meth lab. By Catherine Holland The cleanup and investigation are under way after fire tore through mobile home that might have contained a meth lab. By Catherine Holland

NEW RIVER -- The cleanup and investigation are under way after fire tore through mobile home that was initially thought to have contained a meth lab.

Two firefighters from the Daisy Mountain Fire Department suffered smoke inhalation while battling the fire near Seventh Street and the Carefree Highway. A third was injured later in the firefight. All three of those firefighters have been released form the hospital and are doing well, although one will have to undergo some respiratory therapy.

Crews were called out about 7 p.m. Thursday. The fire started small but quickly grew.

While it has not been confirmed that there was indeed a meth lab inside the mobile home, investigators said there was quite a bit meth paraphernalia. They also believe there were some chemicals on the premises, fueling the fire.

"Our interior crews did come across some suspicious paraphernalia," said Capt. Phil Dyer of the Daisy Mountain Fire Department. "What it was being used for, the investigators will get that information as they comb through the debris. ... There was a pretty elaborate system inside the home that was built that you just typically wouldn't find in bedrooms and living rooms of the living area."

Firefighters on the scene had to pull out of the home for their own safety. Hazardous-materials crews were called in over fears regarding the possibility of a meth lab. There were concerns about potential explosions, as well as toxic smoke. In addition that flames were spreading extremely fast and the roof collapsed.

Fire crews went defensive early on, which means they concentrated on keeping the fire from spreading while letting the burning structure go.

"The speed of the fire and the amount of damage that was done so quickly is just a little suspicious at this point," Dyer said.

The people who lived in the home reportedly told fire investigators they were making biodiesel fuel inside. They said that could be what sparked and fed the fire. Investigators have not yet been able to determine if that's the case. They have said, however, that they no longer believe there was a meth lab involved.

The investigation is still in its early stages. The team had to wait for the ruins of the mobile home to cool off a bit before they could go in and take a look.

Sheriff's deputies took one person into custody Thursday evening, but the charges were not immediately available. It's not clear if that is related to the fire.