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Police say Bettendorf business fire started by a meth lab

Eight people face criminal charges after investigators determined fire that heavily damaged Bettendorf businesses was started by a working methamphetamine lab.

Workers at a neighboring business reported the fire at 3221 State Street just after 9:30 p.m. Monday, August 26, 2013.  The fire reportedly started in a space occupied by McArtor Construction, and the blaze heavily damaged Bettendorf Home Repair.

See photos from that fire – click here.

State and local investigators determined the fire was the “result of manufacturing of methamphetamine utilizing the one-pot “shake and bake” method,” according to a statement from Bettendorf Police.

An affidavit filed in Scott County Court said the lab was in the office area of the space occupied by McArtor Construction.

The same night the fire happened, a second similar meth lab was found in a corn field near Middle Road and Indiana Avenue in Bettendorf.

Read the police affidavit explaining how they busted the alleged meth labs – click here.

Arrest warrants were issued for eight people in connection with the fire and meth labs.

As of Wednesday morning, September 11, four of those people were in the Scott County Jail:

David J. McArtor (age 31) Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2 counts), Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Furnishing Place to Use Controlled Substance, Bond set at $200,000 cash.

Ira S. Dornbach (age 35) Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2 counts), Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $200,000 cash.

Jack A. Otto (age 52) Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $100,000 cash.

Sylvester Emory (age 53) Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $100,000 cash.

Arrest warrants were still outstanding for four more suspects in connection with the case:

Christopher A. Smith (age 27) Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2 counts), Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $200,000 cash.

Zachary R. Bishop-Jensen (age 25)  Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $200,000 cash.

Sarah M. Adamson (age 21)  Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2 counts), Possess Products to Manufacture Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Furnishing Place to Use Controlled Substance, Bond set at $200,000 cash.

Julie A. Huffman (age 32) Arson 1st Degree, Manufacturing Methamphetamine (2 counts), Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Bond set at $200,000 cash.

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