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Waupaca police find two meth labs in one week

WAUPACA, WI (WTAQ) - Police in Waupaca are investigating after discovering two meth labs in a week.

"I heard a big bang, and then it sounded like somebody falling down the stairs. We thought someone was fighting, the kids started crying," Natasha Leopold told FOX 11. 

It happened Saturday around midnight at an apartment building located at 108 Granite Street. Neighbors said they heard an explosion. And there was fire. Police were called to the scene. 

"Upon a brief investigation it was determined there was a meth lab that exploded upstairs in the apartment," Waupaca Police Detective Sgt. Brian Hoelzel tells FOX 11. 

Waupaca police said officers searched the area and found items they believe were used to make meth. 

"There was some acid, there was some lighter fluid, and other items that they use to make methamphetamine," Hoelzel said. 

Officials said a 23-year-old man is in critical condition at the Milwaukee Burn Center. Police are waiting to question him. He has not been charged. 

During a raid Wednesday morning, evidence of another meth lab was discovered inside a mobile home and shed at 600 Oak Street. Investigators said a 49-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman were taken into custody at the scene. Their names aren't being released until charges are filed.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible. 

Authorities said these are the first two meth lab busts in the city ever, and they have a theory as to why it's becoming a problem. 

"Meth is real addicting and from the people that I've spoken with, the first two times they tried it, they get hooked on it. And it's a cheaper cost than abusing prescription medication," said Hoelzel. 

Police expect the two people arrested in the raid on Oak Street to be charged in Waupaca County Court on Friday.