Meth Products Found After 3 Year Old Dies In Fire | News
LILBURN, GA -- Gwinnett County Police have taken over an investigation into a house fire in Lilburn that killed a three year old boy. Gwinnett County fire fighters who responded to the fire on Spring Mill Drive found drugs and materials to make drugs in the home after the fire was extinguished.
Corporal Jake Smith said homicide investigators are investigating the fire. "There's an investigation into cruelty to children or child neglect," he said.
There were three children trapped inside the home when the fire started. Authorities are not identifying the surviving children but described them as a one year old girl and a four year old boy. They are at Grady Memorial Hospital in very critical condition.
Corporal Smith said investigators found evidence of meth processing inside the home. "It wasn't a meth lab but there is something to do with drugs going on in there and there's been some meth discovered inside," he said.
The three children were in an upstairs bedroom in the home. Before Gwinnett County Firefighters could get to the scene, two 19-year old boys, Joshua Caste and Conor Walsh, tried to rescue the children.
Caste said they were driving by the home along Five Forks Trickum Road when they saw smoke coming from the upstairs window in the back of the home. "We just heard them screaming, a lady screaming about her babies," said Conor Walsh.
The two teens ran into the back yard and Joshua said he boosted Conor up to the roof and into a second floor window. "I mean I was (scared), but I couldn't really stand the thought of some kids being in there, so I just did what I could," Walsh said.
Walsh said the window was open and the room was filled with black smoke. He said all three children were lying on the floor. He picked them up and handed them to Caste. "And as he passed me the babies I would pass them to somebody else," Caste said.
Their actions were enough to make any mother proud. Walsh's mother rushed to the scene when she heard her son was involved. "I can't even tell you the emotions that went through my mind," she said. At first it was fear that he could have died and then just enormous pride."
Gwinnett Fire and Rescue Captain Tommy Rutledge was cautious, but thankful. "Certainly we don't encourage anyone to enter a burning home but what they did made a definitive difference in being able to remove these children very quickly," he said.
Both Walsh and Caste were soft spoken and reluctant to be characterized as heroes. "I just want to know if the kids are all right," said Walsh. That was before he learned that one of the children died.