There was an increased police presence in Ryegate Sunday after a camper fire sent a man to the hospital.
Ryegate’s Assistant Fire Chief tells Local22 / Local44 News crews responded to a camper fire on South Bayley Hazen Road Saturday afternoon.
The Vermont Hazmat Team, the Vermont Clandestine Labs and the Drug Enforcement Administration were on the scene Sunday. State Police officials say they found evidence of manufacturing meth inside near the burned camper.
“As a result of that – the scene was secured. We had troopers cover the scene. People were evacuated from the residence as a safety precaution,” Lt. Kirk Cooper with Vermont State Police said.
No materials were located in the main residence on the property, and residents were allowed to come back after the hazardous materials and chemicals were located.
A man in the camper, 28-year-old Joel Alexander, was taken to Cottage Hospital and then flown to Boston for treatment. Police say the victim is in serious condition. No other injuries have been reported.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.