UPDATE: Crews investigate meth lab in Oceanfront hotel room


by 13News now


Posted on December 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 6:21 PM

4:25 p.m. UPDATE: Police officials confirm the chemicals are consistent with those used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Virginia Beach Fire Department’s Hazmat team assisted in decontamination efforts.  Once the scene was rendered safe, the chemicals and byproducts were removed.

1:45 p.m. UPDATE: Fire crews say they're turning the case over to police. Police say the incident is becoming a criminal investigation.  

12:40pm UPDATE: From Battalion Chief Amy Valdez: Units on scene are Squad 3, a hazmat team, Battalion 1, Engine 11, arson investigators and a Fire Marshal.  Police Dept. has officers doing traffic control and the Special Investigations team is on scene in case they find something unusual.  

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Emergency crews closed a block of Atlantic Avenue at the Oceanfront Friday morning.

A large police presence could be seen outside the Travelodge at 19th Street and Atlantic Avenue.

Batt. Chief Amy Valdez told WVEC.com a caller reported a fire in a hotel room and reportedly saw a burned trash bag and "suspicious" material in the room.

“Whenever anyone says there may be chemicals, we don’t want to risk it until we know what we’re dealing with,” she said.

Valdez says the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the Travelodge are being evacuated a precaution.

Stay with 13News Now and WVEC.com for the latest details.