Authorities say a reported fire led to the discovery of a meth lab at a Bay County home.

The fire department was called early Friday morning to a pole barn that had been converted into a two-story living space on 2 Mile Road, north of Boy Scout Road on the border of Kawkawlin and Bangor Township.

Officials said when firefighters arrived at the home, a man and woman inside refused to let them enter saying they put the fire out themselves.

By the time police arrived at the scene the man and woman had already left the home. That's when investigators discovered evidence of a one-pot meth lab inside, according to officials. Investigators also found a one-pot meth lab in a vehicle on the property.

Police are now looking for 45-year-old Chris Depeal. They said he is a person of interest and they would like to speak with him. Investigators didn't immediately know the woman's name.

The Michigan State Crime Lab was called to investigate the scene.

"It's a little disconcerning that there's a meth lab in our neighborhood," said Charlie Parke, Bangor Township resident.

He lives down the street from where the meth lab was discovered. He said he and his wife heard the sirens early in the morning, but had no idea it would turn out to be a meth lab.

"Thank god no one was hurt. That's important as anything, that no one was hurt. But I certainly am concerned that there's meth labs in our neighborhood. I know it's exploded in the last 15 to 20 years, so the fact that we have a meth lab in a very rural setting isn't real surprising," Parke said.

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