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Blaze breaks out at Mansfield home, prompting discovery of apparent meth lab

The Boston Globe logo The Boston Globe 11/23/2021 Andrew Brinker
A State Police bomb squad and hazmat team were working at a home in Mansfield after a fire broke out and crews discovered what appeared to be chemicals used to manufacture narcotics. © Mansfield Police Department A State Police bomb squad and hazmat team were working at a home in Mansfield after a fire broke out and crews discovered what appeared to be chemicals used to manufacture narcotics.

A State Police bomb squad and a hazmat team uncovered an apparent meth lab Tuesday morning at a home in Mansfield after the residence caught fire, and an owner of the home is now facing drug-related charges.

Robert S. Triggs, 48, was arraigned Tuesday in Attleboro District Court after a fire investigator discovered chemicals in his home at 48 Stearns Ave. that are used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to Dave Procopio, a State Police spokesman.

Fire crews were called there for a report of a blaze around 1:48 a.m. and found flames that were confined to a second-story bedroom of the Colonial-style home, Mansfield police said in a statement posted to Facebook.

An undisclosed number of occupants made it out of the house before firefighters arrived, the statement said.

Crews knocked the fire down quickly, and a fire investigator a short time later found chemicals and “related items” that police believe were being used to manufacture meth, Procopio said.

The discovery prompted a multi-agency emergency response, including a hazmat team and a bomb squad, that temporarily cordoned off the streets, and police warned local drivers to avoid the area in an alert sent around 5 a.m. Crews worked at the home through the early afternoon.


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“Taking appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the neighborhood and their own safety, investigators processed the scene, collected evidence, and rendered it safe,” Procopio said. “The investigation by the Mansfield Police and Fire and State Police is ongoing, but evidence gathered at this time suggests the chemicals and related items in the home were being used to manufacture methamphetamine.”

Triggs was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of a class B narcotic, possession of a class E narcotic, and a drug violation near a school.

A plea of not guilty to all charges was entered on his behalf during his arraignment Tuesday, court records show. He was ordered held at the Bristol County House of Correction in lieu of posting $5,000 cash bail or a $50,000 surety bond, the records show.

His next court date is Dec. 16.

Town records in Mansfield indicate that Triggs is one of two owners of the 48 Stearns Ave. home, having purchased the property in 1996 for $199,999. The home is a short walk from a nearby day-care center.

No other information was immediately available.

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