[UPDATE 5:10 p.m.] Triplex Evacuated in McKinleyville After Explosion and Fire
duplex triplex on the 1800 block of Ocean Drive in McKinleyville is being evacuated by fire crews after a fire was reported burning in the structure. One victim is reportedly being transported by private vehicle to Mad River Hospital
“I have significant damage to the exterior walls of this structure,” reports the incident commander at 3:40 p.m. “We have major structural damage.”
UPDATE 3:55 p.m.: Law enforcement is being requested to keep a lookout for a white Chevy Silverado that was last seen headed southbound from the incident allegedly carrying the burn victim to Mad River Hospital. It did not show up.
UPDATE 3:58 p.m.: Traffic control is being provided by the CHP for Ocean Drive. Please avoid the area if possible.
UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: According to Marc Davis who shared the following photos with us, the fire started with an explosion. He told us, “It blew the back of one guys shirt off..The front of the shirt was intact.”UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: Law enforcement has now updated their search. They are looking for a grey 2-door Dodge Dakota.
UPDATE 4:32 p.m.: Marc Davis sends us this photo from the scene.
UPDATE 5:10 p.m.: Sgt. Greg Musson of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office stated that his office got a call about an explosion about 3:30 p.m. They believe the explosion may have been caused by a Butane Honey Oil (BHO) extraction lab. The Sheriff’s Office is getting a search warrant so they may examine the evidence.
Musson said that at least one victim may have fled the scene. He said that they were more concerned that the victim could be more afraid of law enforcement and possible trouble with the law than getting to a hospital and getting treatment for their injuries.
All photos below taken by photographer Mark McKenna.