ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — At the least 4 folks have been injured, together with two firefighters, in a four-alarm construction fireplace at an unlawful marijuana dispensary in Anaheim, authorities stated Sunday.
Anaheim police responded to the hearth in the midst of an industrial park on N. Knollwood Circle simply after 11:20 a.m. Sunday. The fireplace was about 1.2 miles away from Knott’s Berry Farm.
Once they arrived on scene, police situated an unlawful marijuana dispensary and butane honey oil extraction laboratory – honey oil is also referred to as hash oil.
Two folks have been situated with burn accidents earlier than they have been transported to a hospital in unknown situation.
As firefighters have been battling the hearth, an explosion occurred. Two firefighters have been injured and brought to the hospital in unknown situation, however a report from Sergeant Steve Pena of the Anaheim Police Division indicated that, “it appears to be like like they’re going to be okay.”
Investigators disclosed the character of the accidents with regard to each crew members. One of many firefighters is reported to have suffered burns to his face, whereas the opposite was blown again by one of many explosions, injuring his again.
Witnesses reported seeing the smoke from miles away, whereas these on the scene detailed a number of explosions from inside the constructing, which could possibly be seen by way of footage obtained by CBS reporters on the scene.
Authorities additionally took one suspect into custody on the scene of the blaze, the place he’s reported to be cooperating with the continued investigation.
Firefighters from the Orange County Hearth Authority, in addition to the Orange and Fullerton Hearth Departments have been readily available to help with the four-alarm fireplace.
Footage from the scene at round 6 p.m. confirmed the shell of what was the constructing with charred surfaces and blown out home windows. Crews remained readily available till later within the night to proceed surveillance on the scene and maintain any hotspots that wanted to be extinguished.
Investigators on the scene additionally revealed the true hazard of the blaze, not solely to the firefighters readily available, however to the encircling companies and locals who may have been impacted.
“It appears to be like like they have been doing a little form of honey extraction — making hash oil; doing a chemical course of with marijuana,” stated Sergeant Pena. “The method that they do to extract the oil from the marijuana, is (utilizing) butane, which is extremely flammable and extremely explosive.”
“It’s a really, very harmful process,” he continued.
Anaheim Hearth and Rescue Division reported that the hearth had been knocked down as of 1:30 p.m., however crews could possibly be seen as late as 7 p.m. as they continued to observe the state of affairs because of the immense hazard the laboratory stays presents.