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Fairburn house fire may have been caused by PCP lab

7:35 AM, Jul 9, 2013   |    comments
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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- It started out as a house fire investigation, but neighbors had their suspicions early that something wasn't normal about this house fire. By the time federal investigators left the scene three days later, their suspicions were confirmed.

The fire at a home at 6990 Hobgood Road, Fairburn, may have been caused by a drug lab.

Fulton County Station 17 firefighters were the first responders to the fire Saturday night. By Monday morning six different local, state and federal investigating agencies were on the scene including the DEA's Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team.

Fulton County Police called in the agencies when they found suspicious items in the yard that were indicative of drug manufacturing, according to a press release from Fulton County.

A search warrant was obtained for the property and several items were recovered that are used in the manufacturing of controlled substances, the release said.

On Monday components of a Phencyclidine (PCP) lab were found. PCP is a hallucinogenic drug that was very popular in the late 1960's and 1970's. It was commonly called "Angel Dust."

Hobgood Road was closed most of the day to everyone but residents while State Fire investigators, Fulton County Police and Fire, the GBI, ATF and DEA combed through the debris left behind by the fire.

While they stayed tight-lipped about the investigation over the weekend, rumors swirled through the neighborhood about the possibility that they found a drug lab in the home. It may be an explanation for the explosions they heard. "There was an explosion to where you just, it scared you," said Diane Calsbeek. "You didn't fall over but it was a boom, a very large boom and there were probably three to five of them."

Two people in the home were injured and transported to the hospital. Police have not identified them or described the extent of their injuries.


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