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Lilburn Meth House Crumbles to the Ground (See Video)

Updated: In a little more than a half-hour, a tragic symbol in a Lilburn neighborhood was turned into a pile of rubble.

It took about a half-hour to remove the constant reminder of a tragedy that occurred last year in a Lilburn-area neighborhood.

The so-called Lilburn meth house, where three young children died in an explosion and fire in February 2011, has been torn down. In a couple of months, 1197 Spring Mill Drive will be a green field.

Demolition crews started at 9 a.m. sharp. By 9:35, the house at 1197 Spring Mill Drive was a pile of dusty rubble.

John Krueger, owner of Viking Development Group, contracted to demolish the home, ran the bulldozer that made such quick work in bringing the main structure down. He said it will take a couple of days to clear debris, which will be taken to a local landfill.

While the , law enforcement representatives also reminded the public that the case is still open in the deaths of Isaac Guevara, 4, Ivan Guevara, 3, and 18-month-old Stacy Brito.

The along with drug charges. Ivan Gonzalez, also charged with murder and drug trafficking, has eluded capture.

Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said leads on Gonzalez's whereabouts haven't panned out.

He said anyone with information on Gonzalez should call 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers at 404-557-8477.

Kelly May 30, 2012 at 03:32 PM
It's about time.
Scott Bernarde (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I covered this tragedy when it happened last February. And as a father of two, that was the hardest thing I've ever written about in 25 years as a journalist. I had to be there to see it come down.
Abelardo Casillas May 30, 2012 at 05:44 PM
The Lilburn parch is not the same with out you, a d Alex,
Denise Stemp May 30, 2012 at 06:29 PM
i wish i had been the one to destroy it. the children lost are in heavewn. that is a good feeling. but the people responsible should be sent striaght to hell
Crystal Huskey May 30, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Wow. I can imagine that provided some closure. Any stories involving children are the hardest for me to write too.
Timothy Hammond May 31, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Does the writer of this article not have spell check?
Kate's grandma August 04, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I spent a semester in school researching environmental contamination from meth houses and the legalities and hazards of clean-up. Hard to understand why that bulldozer driver didn't even have a filtration mask on and why they would haul it to local landfill. That is toxic dust and people in the area should have been warned/protected. Unfortunately, Georgia is one of the states that still has no protocol or regulations for protecting its citizens from the hazards of meth clean-up. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/27/meth-rehab-former-labs-nightmare-for-unwitting-homebuyers/

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