According to the police statement, first responders were on scene shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday for reports of an explosion on Faith Way, Norton. Other residents of the apartment building were evacuated to a nearby community center.
When they arrived, officers noted one of the apartments had a blown out window from "what appeared to be an explosion from a meth lab operation." Police confirm that a later investigation uncovered ingredients for meth.
After further investigation, Norton Police said they believed "a resident of the apartment fled the scene." They notified surrounding towns to keep an eye out for the resident's vehicle, checking area hospitals to see if he had been checked in.
Shortly after that alert went out, Attleboro Police and Fire departments respondend to a home on Pike Avenue where someone had called 911 to report a male experiencing medical issues. Investigators found him to be the resident from the Norton meth lab explosion. He was transported to Sturdy Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
By 7:30 a.m. Saturday there were still crews on scene mitigating the chemicals and residue from the meth lab.
The victim's identity is not being released at this time.
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