[UPDATE Thursday] Hash Lab Explodes on D Street
A structure is currently on fire and an individual has been injured in an apparent hash lab explosion on D Street in Eureka, according to reports from the scene. At approximately 9:40 p.m., the scanner erupted with information on an exploding structure fire with a burn victim.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been asked to respond to the scene “for a drug lab.”
UPDATE 9:57 p.m.: We have a reporter at the scene and should have more information soon.
UPDATE 10:02 p.m.: An ambulance has left with the victim and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Animal Control has been requested to get three Rhodesian Ridgebacks which belong to the residence.
UPDATE 10:05 p.m.: Chief Ken Woods of Humboldt Bay Fire has confirmed that his agency was investigating the incident as an explosion at a hash lab.
UPDATE 10:15 p.m.: A neighbor is holding the three dogs belonging to the structure that blew up. “They smell burnt,” reports Bobby Kroeker one of our reporters.
UPDATE 10:18 p.m.:
UPDATE 10:24 p.m.: An official gives more information on the situation. Audio collected by Miles Jackson.
UPDATE 10:35 p.m.: Here’s a recap of the audio. Sgt. Justin Braud from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office explains that they were dispatched to a hash lab explosion on D Street. When the Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene, the fire had already extinguished. He said that he was told that there was a male resident who was taken to the hospital before personnel from the Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene.
UPDATE 10:38 p.m.:
UPDATE 10:42 p.m.: We have a video an interview with a representative of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.[Originally we had only audio but we’ve updated with a video]
UPDATE 11 p.m.: To recap: An explosion rocked the neighborhood of D Street about 9:40 this evening. The first emergency personnel on scene located an injured male who was sent to the hospital by ambulance. Deputies are at the hospital now.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire but walls have blown out and the roof is collapsing. Three Rhodesian Ridgebacks were found at the site of the fire and appear to have been in the explosion. They smell burned, according to one reporter at the scene. An animal control officer has been requested to take possession of the canines.
Sgt. Jason Braud of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said his agency was dispatched to the scene of a reported hash fire. They are awaiting confirmation from firefighters that this is the scene of a crime before they enter. However, about 10 trash bags of marijuana have been located as well as living plants.
UPDATE 11:56 p.m.: Bobby Kroeker interviewed a neighbor whose bridge party was abruptly ended when they all had to evacuate.
UPDATE Thursday: press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at about 9:30 p.m. Humboldt Bay Fire Company requested Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office respond to the 3800 block of D Street, Eureka, for a possible hash lab explosion. A 24 year old male was in the residence at the time of the explosion and was transported to a local hospital for his injuries prior to the deputies’ arrival. Deputies investigated the residence and located equipment commonly used in hash labs. The Drug Task Force was called and a search warrant was served.
Three dogs were found on scene and Animal Control responded and transported the dogs to the Humboldt County Animal Shelter. The dogs were not injured during the explosion.
The male subject was later flown to a hospital out of the area for further treatment of his injuries which consisted mostly of burns. No other structures were impacted by this explosion.
This incident is currently under investigation. Updated press releases will be issued.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.