Hash oil suspected in Redding complex blaze

Jun 2, 2014 10:52 AM

A hash oil operation is suspected in an explosion that burned a man and several units of a Redding apartment complex during the weekend.

According to the Redding Police Department the fire was reported around 9:30 a.m. The blast and resulting fire sent 27-year-old Christopher Lawrence Hightower to Mercy Medical Center hospital with burns to most of his body, then transported flown out of the area for further treatment. Redding fire Investigator Patrick O'Connor says the burns were very significant.

Three units of the Trellis Village Apartments were badly burned by a very hot and rapidly burning fire. Two other units sustained lesser damage and a car was destroyed.

O'Connor says the explosion occurred in a garage for one unit and the indications of a hash oil operation brought in the Shasta Interagency Narcotics Task Force.


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