Evidence of a butane honey oil lab was found at the site of an Arden Arcade apartment fire that sent two people to a hospital with burn injuries Friday morning, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s Department officials said in a news release that they believe the lab was to blame for the initial explosion. Butane honey oil labs, which are used to extract THC from marijuana, are considered particularly dangerous because the process uses highly flammable butane, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The blaze was initially reported to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crews about 5:45 a.m. in the 3700 block of Morse Avenue, near Auburn Boulevard. A man and a woman who appeared to be in their 30s made it out of a downstairs unit, where the fire had started, and were taken to a hospital to be treated for burn injuries, said Brian Gonsalves, fire district spokesman.
As of Friday afternoon, the man was in critical condition while the woman was reported in stable condition, the Sheriff’s Department said. A third person, whom Gonsalves described as an elderly man living in an upstairs unit, received minor burn injuries but did not go to the hospital.
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Witnesses at the scene of the fire told law enforcement that they saw several additional people flee from the downstairs apartment unit after hearing an explosion before the fire. Sheriff’s detectives came to the scene and worked with arson investigators to determine the blaze’s cause.
The Sheriff’s Department said no arrests had been made as of Friday afternoon. Ten people living in the six-unit apartment building, including children, were displaced by the fire.