PLATTEVILLE (WKOW) -- A small early morning fire Saturday on UW-Platteville campus appears to be the result of a student's attempt to make meth. According police, the student was using the "one-pot" method of cooking methamphetamine and ingredients started the fire in a plastic waste basket. The student put out the fire and emergency crews were contacted.
The Rountree Commons was evacuated shortly after 1:00 a.m. Most students were able to re-enter their rooms after about an hour. University officials say three people were treated at Southwest Health Center, including the student who started the fire. A resident assistant and a campus police officer were treated for smoke inhalation. Two other people were treated on the scene for smoke-related issued by emergency personnel.
After being released from the hospital, the student was arrested and taken to the Grant County Jail. The student is being held on a tentative charge of attempted manufacturing of methamphetamine.