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Two arrested in connection with explosion at Camino residence

Joshua Jamison
Joshua Jamison El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

Two people were arrested in connection with a New Year’s Day explosion at a Camino residence, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office reports.

On Thursday, Sheriff’s narcotics detectives arrested Joshua Jamison, 39, and Carinda Nafus, 33, both of Camino, as part of an investigation into a butane extraction lab explosion that occurred in the 5100 block of Pony Express Trail, according to a department news release issued Monday.

Jamison and Nafus were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, child endangerment and recklessly causing a fire. They were both booked into El Dorado County Jail and are being held on $320,000 bail, officials said.

Jamison suffered burns to his face, and a juvenile suffered smoke inhalation in the explosion. Jamison was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated and released, the news release said. A juvenile also was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. The juvenile was later released.

Two other juveniles who were inside the home when the explosion occurred were not injured, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives and an arson investigator determined that the explosion resulted from an illegal butane extraction lab in the bathroom of the home that was being used to produce concentrated cannabis, officials said.

The residence suffered considerable structural damage from the blast. Interior walls were cracked or moved, and exterior walls were pushed off the foundation, according to the Sheriff’s Office. El Dorado County code enforcement officials were called to the scene and determined the home was unsafe to occupy.

Anthony Sorci: 916-321-1051.