Possible butane hash lab explosion burns Manila house to ground

HASH LAB EXPLOSION? This house in Manila blew up, then burned in Manila Saturday. The house was completely destroyed. Photo by John Ferrara | Lost Coast Outpost

 Mad River Union

MANILA –Loud explosions were reported coming from a house in Manila before it burst into flames and was completely burned to the ground Saturday afternoon, Jan. 15.

At about 4:44 p.m., explosions were reported at a house on Young Lane near Ma-le’l Dunes on the north side of the sandy outpost. The house was quickly engulfed in flames and a large plume of black smoke rose into the sky.

Arcata Fire District personnel, Calfire and other departments rushed to the scene.

At least two occupants of the house were reportedly injured and rushed to Mad River Community Hospital.

Firefighters reported seeing multiple butane cartridges scattered about, an indication that the house may have been a hash lab.

No additional details were available before the Union went to press.


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