Four people are recovering at Community Regional Medical Center after a double-wide mobile home in Tulare exploded in fire Saturday.
Tulare County sheriff’s deputies confirmed the explosion was the result of a honey-oil lab inside the mobile home. Honey oil is an extract of marijuana or hashish, and the production process can be highly volatile. Tulare County Fire Cpt. Joe Rosa said the four who were injured were all adult males. Their conditions were not known.
Initially, three of the men were taken to Community Regional in Fresno and the fourth to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia. But by later Saturday, all four were at Community Regional. Detectives were on their way Saturday to gather more details for the investigation, Rosa said.
A lab team from the U.S. Department of Justice was also called to the location of the home explosion on Pacific Avenue, west of Mooney Boulevard.
Rosa said a 911 call first alerted authorities about the fire just after 9 a.m. The caller reported sounds of explosions. No other structures were damaged by the fire, Rosa said.
The identities of the victims were not immediately available. Rosa said one of the burned men is the confirmed renter of the mobile home. Detectives are still trying to figure out the relationship of the other three men.