A fire that broke out in a garage in Houlton led to the arrest of the owner on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.

A fire erupted in a garage at 5 Johnson St. Thursday night, flattening the building, Houlton firefighters battled the blaze and then called in police and eventually agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency to investigate after the discovery of what appeared to be materials for making methamphetamine, police said.

Police said the cause of the fire has not been determined and so cannot say whether it was connected to the apparent methamphetamine production.

Police charged Thomas Lowery, 36, with manufacturing methamphetamine and he was being held on $5,000 bail at Aroostook County Jail.

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