Deputies: Meth lab may have caused house fire that killed 2 children

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 6 at 5:35 PM

BUNKER, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Authorities are searching for two men they say may be responsible for a suspicious fire that killed two young children in Reynolds County early Saturday morning.

The fire started at a home near Highway 72 in Bunker, Mo. around 1:30 a.m.

Reynolds County Sheriff Tom Volner said six people were in the house when the fire broke out. A woman and three children were able to escape the home, but a 3-month-old boy and 2-year-old boy died in the blaze.

Volner said the woman was babysitting the two boys at the time of the fire. The surviving children were reportedly treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

Neighbors said they tried to get the two boys out of the house, but were unable to reach their rooms.

According to deputies, another woman lived at the home, but was away when the fire started.

Authorities said an investigation revealed there is a possibility that a meth lab could have been inside the house when the fire started.

Deputies said they were looking for Josh Maynard and Allen Glasgow, who witnesses spotted near the scene just before the fire. They have since fled the state and cannot be located.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Reynolds County Sheriff’s Office at (573)648-2491.

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