Two-Year-Old Badly Burned from Explosion in Possible Drug Lab

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The parents of a two-year-old child were taken into custody after their child was severely burned from an explosion in a possible illegal drug lab in an apartment near Searles Street and Hill Street on Friday around 9:40 p.m.

Officers from the Eureka Police Department were sent to the apartment complex after reports of a “gunshot heard” call. When the officers arrived at the complex, they found the two-year-old with widespread burns all over the child’s body.

People with the child directed officers to the apartment believed to be the source of the explosion. There, officers found the child’s parents, who were leaving the apartment. The parents, who reportedly smelled of chemicals and had injuries similar to burns, were taken into custody.

Officers, along with the Humboldt Bay Fire Department, searched the apartment and found the place where the explosion happened, along with items like those belonging to a butane process hash extraction lab. After searching the area to make sure there were no further safety risks, officers secured the apartment until a search warrant could be issued.

The child was released to emergency medical personnel for immediate treatment. The child was treated and will be transported by air to a bun unit in Sacramento. Both parents were later taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center for the injuries received from the explosion.

The investigation into the explosion is ongoing.

Ruben Dominguez filed this report.

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