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May 22, 2016

Methamphetamine Manufacturing and subject severely burned







CASE#: 16B300989

STATION: Bradford                    




LOCATION: Bayley Hazen Road, Ryegate, VT

Incident: Fire and manufacturing of Methamphetamine




VICTIM: Joel Alexander    Age; 28

Address: Ryegate, VT



On 5-21-16 at approximately 1700 hrs the Vermont State Police received a call from the Ryegate Fire Department reporting a fire involving a camper on the Bayley Hazen Road in Ryegate and one male subject with severe burns.  A detective from the Vt. State Police Arson Unit responded to the scene with an investigator from the Vermont Division of Fire Safety.


The victim of the fire was transported to Cottage Hospital and then was flown to Boston for treatment where he is in serious condition.


Through investigation of the origin and cause of the fire, evidence of a possible methamphetamine manufacturing process was discovered near the burned camper.  The residence of the house located next to the camper were evacuated and relocated to a neighboring residence for the evening. Troopers secured the area and on 5-22-16 The Vermont State Police Clan Lab team, Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team, Ryegate Fire Department and Woodsville, NH ambulance service reponded to the location. There were Hazardous materials and chemicals located and secured that were used in the manufacturing of Meth.  The materials were disposed of accordingly and the residents were allowed to access to the property.  No materials were located in the main residence.   The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the investigation  is ongoing at this time.