This photo released by Gwinnett Sheriff's Department on Friday, Feb. 18, 201 shows murder suspect Ivan Gonzalez. Gwinnett County authorities say three children died in a fire that appears to have been caused by chemicals used to make methamphetamine. Gwinnett County police Cpl. Jake Smith says police are seeking 26-year-old Ivan Gonzalez, who has been charged with three counts of murder in the deaths of the children. (AP Photo/Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department) (AP)

3 young children die in fire at Georgia meth lab

Children were rushed to the hospital and later died after a fire broke out in the suburban Atlanta home


Kate Brumback
February 19, 2011 3:11AM (UTC)

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.

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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.


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