3 Young Children Die in Fire at Georgia Meth Lab

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a fire broke out at a suburban
Atlanta house where methamphetamine was being prepared, killing
three young children.

When firefighters arrived at the two-story house in Lilburn
around 4 p.m. Thursday, heavy smoke was billowing from inside. The
children, who ranged in age from 18 months to 4 years, were taken
to a hospital and later died from their injuries.

Authorities believe the fire was caused when chemicals used to
make methamphetamine ignited.

Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith said Friday that police were seeking 26-year-old Ivan Gonzalez and have charged him with murder in the children's deaths.

The children's mother has also been charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Investigators found nearly $200,000 and several pounds of liquid
and finished methamphetamine.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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