House fire leads to meth bust in Saranac

SARANAC – A Saranac man was arrested Thursday after investigators discovered materials used in the production of methamphetamine while responding to a structure fire at the house where he was living.

Bradley A. Rascoe, 27, was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, a felony, according to Ray Brook-based state police.

Police said the arrest stemmed from the investigation of a Wednesday night structure fire at Rascoe’s residence on Canning Road.

“Although the fire does not appear to have been caused by the manufacturing of methamphetamine, many of the materials used for methamphetamine manufacturing were discovered while authorities responded to the fire,” police said in a news release.

The house, a double-wide mobile home, was completely destroyed in the fire, according to a report in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The state police Troop B Narcotics Enforcement Unit and Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team responded to assist in the investigation. State police said they were also assisted by the Saranac Fire Department.

Rascoe was arraigned and remanded to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court again on Tuesday.