[Update 7:40 p.m.] Explosion in Eureka, Hash Lab Found
An explosion was reported in a four-car garage at around 4 p.m. today. The explosion was in an alley off of 11th Street between K and L Streets in Eureka.
Initially, a person was believed to be trapped inside, but Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Ken Woods said no one was found in the structure.
“[We] got on scene and found the garage burning, searched the garage immediately, didn’t find any victim inside the garage,” Woods said. “[We] did find a hash lab as well.”
Woods said butane canisters were exploding in the garage as firefighters arrived at the scene and checked for occupants. Woods said no injuries had been reported to firefighters or occupants.
“We’re going to be talking to witnesses, looking for the origin cause of the fire,” Woods said.
Update 7:40 p.m.: This is a press release from Humboldt Bay Fire.
At 1601 hours, on 11-15-15, Humboldt Bay Fire Engines 8113, 8115, Truck 8181, Squad 8174 Battalions 8104, 8106 and Chief 8100 responded to a structure fire on the 1100 block of L Street. Several 911 calls were received describing fire in a garage with explosions and people trapped.
The first unit to arrive stated smoke was coming from a single garage unit, in a row of four garages, crews forced open the garage door, quickly extinguished the fire and searched for victims. No victims were located in any of the garages. Bystanders stated a male individual was seen leaving the garage just before the fire was noticed. Eureka Police responded to attempt to locate the male and to investigate a suspected hash oil extraction operation. Additional Humboldt Bay Fire units provided assistance with ventilation, salvage and removal of damaged wallboard. Fire damage was confined to one garage and a bathroom of the adjoining apartment.
No injuries were reported, damage estimate is $15,000. 17 firefighters responded, the fire was extinguished in 20 minutes with crews remaining on scene for 1.5 hours. During this time Arcata Fire Protection District assisted by covering HBF jurisdiction
The cause and origin investigation is underway and is expected to continue into the night. Eureka Police POP team responded and is investigating the hash oil component of this fire
Humboldt Bay Fire reminds all residents to ensure they have working smoke detectors in the living and sleeping areas of their houses and to have a fire exit plan.
Additionally, here are some videos we took at the scene: