Long Beach, California – According to a Long Beach Fire Department spokesperson, an explosion at a commercial building in North Long Beach on Friday afternoon may have been caused by an illegal THC extraction facility.
Firefighters were called to the scene of the fire, which broke out just after 4 p.m. Friday in the 2200 block of 69th Street. Two individuals were taken to the hospital with burn injuries.
Responding units were confronted by heavy smoke coming out of the structure’s roof upon arriving at the location. A 2nd-alarm response was requested to the scene as the size of the fire was rapidly growing.
While firemen were trying to control the fire, two compressed-gas cylinders within the building burst, causing strong flames to erupt from inside.
The fire was eventually put out after long efforts by the fire crews.