UPDATE: Marshal determines triple fatal house fire was drug related

Posted by Amber Jenkins - email

FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) -- The Ohio State Marshal has determined that the house explosion and fire that killed three people on Wednesday was a result of a drug related manufacturing operation.

The Division of State Fire Marshal and local authorities say that explosive chemicals that were found on the scene were consistent with those used to make methamphetamine. At the time of the explosion, witnesses say that they heard explosion-like noises and seeing fire near the home.

Three people died in the incident. So far their identities have not yet been released.

Investigators at the scene discovered other materials and devices that appeared to be explosive. To make sure nearby residents were safe, the Butler County  Bomb Squad was called to the scene. They determined that the materials were not explosive.

The  BCI& I and the Warren County Drug Task Force were both called to the scene to clean up the remains of the methamphetamine lab.

Officials continue to investigate this incident.

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FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) -- Police are investigating a house explosion and fire where three people have been confirmed dead.

The Butler County Bomb Squad is investigating a fire that occurred a the 9100 block of Deardoff Road in Franklin around 3:30am.

According to the Ohio State Fire Marshal investigators, there is evidence of an explosion.

Sources on the scene have confirmed that three bodies have been found in the home. Officials have positively identified the victims. The Warren County Coroner's Office is currently on the scene.

Investigators are trying to determine whether or not if there was any drug-related activity at the home that make have contributed to the incident.

The house was a total loss. A passerby called 911 and alerted them of the fire.

The investigation is being conducted by the Division of State Marshal and the Franklin Fire and Police departments.

FOX19 has a crew heading to the scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.