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Police say drug lab led to explosion at Rancho Cordova apartment complex

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Rancho Cordova police say a drug lab was responsible for an explosion Wednesday that seriously injured two people and displaced 146 residents of an apartment complex on Mills Tower Drive.

Police officers, along with Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews, responded about 5:30 p.m. to the 10500 block of Mills Tower Drive regarding a report of an explosion and structure fire. Officers, suspecting the explosion involved a drug lab, subsequently summoned narcotics detectives and arson investigators to the the scene, according to Police Department news release.

According to narcotics detectives, a conversion lab set up in the bathroom in one of the apartments ignited, causing an explosion that damaged the building. The two occupants of the apartment suffered significant burns and were transported to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment, officials said.

With the assistance of the Red Cross, the 146 occupants of the apartment building were evacuated and have been provided alternative housing until the building can be inspected and rendered safe for their return, police said.

Officials said narcotics and arson detectives will submit the results of their investigation to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office for review of drug manufacturing and arson-related charges.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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