Woman arrested after house fire, discovery of drug lab

Nora Dolsen
Nora Dolsen

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A woman is facing multiple charges after police and fire investigators discovered a “spice” making lab after a house fire.

Firefighters were called to 2121 West Main Street at 3:52 p.m. for a reported fire in the basement.

A home on West Main Street was condemned after a fire and discovered "spice" lab.
A home on West Main Street was condemned after a fire and discovered “spice” lab.

Fort Wayne police officers assisted the fire department after a man was reported to have ran from the area before firefighters arrived.

FWPD Vice and Narcotics detectives located evidence in the home related to the manufacturing of “spice” or synthetic drugs in the basement of the home, according to FWPD Sgt. Mark Brooks.

Brooks said in a statement that investigators believe the fire started as a result of the process of making the drugs. Investigators recovered 840 grams of powdered synthetic cannabinoids used in the manufacturing process. More than 34 pounds of plant material used as host of the synthetic cannadbinoids was also recovered, according to Brooks.

Brooks believed if the chemical process would have been completed that the estimated street value of the “spice” could have been $150,000.

Nora Dolsen was arrested on charges of dealing a synthetic drug, neglect of a dependent, and maintaining a common nuisance.

west-main-condemned-houseThe Department of Child Services removed several children from the home.

Fort Wayne Neighborhood Code also condemned the property.

The incident is under investigation.

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