Meth Lab Catches Fire While Girl Left Home Alone

ORANGE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a meth lab caught fire while a 9-year-old girl was left home alone.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has charged Melissa Berry and Jonathan Coburn with child neglect, manufacturing meth, arson and cultivation of cannabis.

Deputies were called to the home near Orange City Friday at about 3:45 p.m.

A neighbor reported seeing white smoke coming from the garage and said it was getting worse.

When deputies arrived, a girl came out of the house and said she had been inside alone. She was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution but did not sustain any injuries.

A fire marshal detective determined meth lab equipment had caused the fire.

The child was turned over to relatives.

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