Saturday, January 28, 2017

House fire reveals drug laboratory, adult found with severe burns.

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Saturday January 28, 2017, 5:18 PM

LASD - Altadena Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff

Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
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Community: House fire reveals drug laboratory, adult found with severe burns.
Yesterday at approximately 4:10pm Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was called to the 1800 block of E. Midwick Dr., in Altadena. The deputies were called to investigate a person heard screaming, and when they arrived they saw a male adult badly burned and flames coming from the rear of a house.
Los Angeles County Fire Department was called immediately to extinguish the fire and treat the victim. Deputies discovered a large number of containers and equipment they recognized as a manufacturing laboratory. Several windows of the house were blown out possibly from an explosion.
The laboratory appeared to be used in the extraction of THC from marijuana. Typically the processes uses highly flammable liquids.
LA County hazardous materials teams, narcotics detectives, along with the Department of Justice investigated and decontaminated the area.
The male adult was was transported to a local hospital for severe burns to approximately 40% of his body. The decontamination of the scene finished at 6:00AM this morning. This is an ongoing investigation, the male adult has been identified and may be facing several charges.
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