An illegal marijuana manufacturing operation sparked a fire Sunday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, landing one man in the hospital and another behind bars.
According to Sgt. Kurt Hixenbaugh of the San Luis Obispo Police Department, San Luis Obispo police and fire personnel responded at approximately 2:15 p.m. to a blaze at a residence in the 500 block of Stoneridge Drive. After the flames were extinguished, officials allegedly found evidence suggesting an illegal drug lab.
Detectives then obtained a search warrant and collected evidence confirming that a lab using “highly flammable” butane gas to convert low-concentrated marijuana into “honey oil,” also known as “hash oil,” caused the fire, Hixenbaugh said.
Camden Knoll, 26, of Arroyo Grande was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, Hixenbaugh said. He was being held Monday afternoon at San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
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Hixenbaugh said charges are pending against Aaron McBurney, 31, of San Luis Obispo, who was injured in the fire and taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment.