Rio Linda Auto Repair Shop Fire Started by Butane Honey Oil Explosion

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RIO LINDA -- Sacramento arson investigators are looking for a man seen leaving the scene of an explosion and fire in Rio Linda Wednesday morning. There indications that he was severely injured in the blast in an industrial building that housed Five Star Auto.

Fire crews were called to the scene at 6400 Blacktop Road around 1:20 a.m.  Investigators believe the fire was sparked by a large scale honey oil lab explosion.

The explosion caused the roof to partially collapse and firefighters had to breakdown the roll down doors to get to the fire. Inside, they found heavy flames shooting from a tank spewing flammable gas.

Investigators were finally able to get a good look at the facility once the sun came up. The tank they had initially thought was filled with propane was actually butane. Several other businesses in the building were damaged by the blast and by a fire sprinkler system that ruptured.

Marijuana was also found inside the building. Sheriff's narcotics detectives are also on scene with their mobile lab to investigate the incident. Burned clothing, blood and other biological evidence left at the scene led fire crews to believe the man seen fleeing the building needs medical attention and could possibly be connected to the explosion.

The man was later found at a hospital getting treatment.


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