Alleged honey oil lab explosion in San Jacinto sends one to hospital; no arrests made

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The detached room in which an alleged butane honey oil lab is believed to have exploded Thursday, sending one woman to a hospital with major burn injuries. Valley News/Riverside County Sheriff's Department courtesy photo

A San Jacinto woman was hospitalized with severe burn injuries after what is believed to be a butane honey oil lab explosion, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.

Around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, a call came in to the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station reporting an explosion in the 500 block of Soboba Avenue, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Julio Olguin.

The caller reported that a woman had walked over to their residence and said her stove exploded while she was cooking, according to Olguin.

Deputies arrived and found a 29-year-old woman with severe burns to 30% of her body; she was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.

The woman’s boyfriend, a 29-year-old man, had minor cuts and burns to his upper torso, Olguin said.

Deputies who interviewed the pair “could not corroborate their stories and learned they were residing at the rear of the residence in a detached room where they were found,” Olguin said.

Olguin said the deputies noticed the detached room had caught fire and had been extinguished prior to their arrival, and upon some investigation located butane canisters, glass tubes and “large amounts” of cannabis.

The man was detained for questioning but was later released, while the woman remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition, and is expected to survive, Olguin said. Jail records indicate neither have been arrested.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.