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UWP student arrested after Rountree Commons fire
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PLATTEVILLE — A UW–Platteville student faces charges for allegedly trying to manufacture methamphetamine in his suite in the Rountree Commons residence hall.

Mark J. Curda, 18, Greenfield, is being held in the Grant County Jail on charges of manufacturing or delivering drug paraphernalia, possessing methamphetamine precursors, and knowingly possessing methamphetamine waste, all felonies with maximum sentences of six years in prison and $10,000 in fines per count.

A preliminary hearing on the charges is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m.

Curda was arrested after a fire in a fourth-floor suite at Rountree Commons Saturday around 1 a.m.

According to UW–Platteville police, the fire was caused by a student attempting to manufacture methamphetamine using the “one-pot” method in a 20-ounce plastic bottle. Ingredients in the bottle started a fire in a plastic wastebasket.

The student put out the fire, after which emergency personnel were contacted. The building was evacuated, with all but fourth-floor residents returning after about an hour. Fourth-floor residents were able to return around 4 a.m.

The dorm was declared safe after consultation with a Lafayette County Drug Task Force methamphetamine lab investigation expert, according to a UW–Platteville news release.

Three people — Curda, a resident assistant and a UW–Platteville police officer — were treated at Southwest Health Center in Platteville for smoke inhalation. Two other resident assistants were treated at the dorm for smoke-related issues.

The Platteville Fire Department and EMS, the Cuba City EMS, and Platteville police assisted UW–Platteville police.