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Press Release

Three Critically Injured in Drug Lab Fire

Posted: Feb 18, 2012
Location: 1441 Parker Avenue

(Tracy, CA) –   Two men and a woman were critically injured in an explosion and fire as they were attempting to convert marijuana into Butane Honey Oil. On Friday evening at 9:01 PM an explosion occurred inside a residence at the Paradise Apartments located at 1441 Parker Avenue. Multiple fire companies and medical units were required at the scene. All of the surrounding apartments were evacuated and the fire was contained and extinguished in the one unit. No one else was injured. All three individuals were taken to the UC Davis Burn Unit with extensive burns covering up to 90 percent of their bodies. Due to the nature of the explosion, members of the San Joaquin County Metro Narcotic Task Force, the California Department of Justice and the California Office of Emergency Services were called to assist in the clean-up and investigation. 
 
Butane Honey Oil or Hashish is extracted from marijuana during an extremely dangerous process that utilizes butane and heat. Improper ventilation and the presence of an open flame or spark can result in an explosion. 
 
A criminal case for manufacturing of a controlled substance may be forwarded to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office pending completion of an investigation following interviews of the two men and woman who were not able to be thoroughly interviewed. 
 
As no arrests have been made and family notifications are not complete, the names of the involved parties are not being released at this time. 
 
 
--TPD--

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