Cleanup continues at Chico apartment after honey oil explosion

Jan 5, 2015 6:06 PM by Brian Johnson

Chico Fire investigators have confirmed that last night's explosion at an apartment complex on West Second Street was the result of a honey oil operation gone wrong.

Cleanup continued at La Vista Apartments today after the explosion inside Unit Four sent two males in their early 20's to UC Davis Burn Center.

Another man showed up at Enloe Medical Center on his own later Sunday night.

Chico Code Enforcement has shut down six other units, displacing at least 15 residents, including Adrian Rodriguez, who was home when it happened.

"So I walked out and I see this guy standing up and then I ask him if he was OK," Rodriguez said. "He just walked away. I turned to see what was going on and I saw two other guys running out [in] flames, just yelling ‘I'm dead, I'm dead,' and they started rolling on the floor and that's when I called 911."

Rodriguez and other tenants are receiving help from the Red Cross.

Some will have to find new housing all together, La Vista's property manager tells Action News Now.

Chico Fire Marshall Steve Harrison says 80% of the burn victims admitted to UC Davis Burn Center are related to honey oil explosions.

He also says Butte County is the second biggest honey oil manufacturer of all California counties.

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