- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - An explosion and fire Monday that shifted a North Pole house wall off its foundation occurred as residents extracted hash oil from marijuana.

North Pole Fire Department Chief Buddy Lane tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (https://bit.ly/137ERdo) that the two people inside acknowledged what they’d been doing when firefighters showed up.

Firefighters were able to limit the fire to the kitchen. Damage was estimated at $40,000.

The home’s renter and a visitor told responders they had extracted hash oil in the bathroom and had moved to the kitchen to boil it down when the explosion occurred.

The extraction of hash oil, sought for its increased potency, typically involves passing liquid butane through a tube filled with marijuana.

Lane says the process likely left pockets of butane in the air that exploded.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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