Oct 22, 2013 9:11 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Police say fire caused by honey oil extraction operation

Lompoc police say a fire at a duplex on the 800 block of East Airport Avenue Tuesday was caused by an illegal honey oil extraction operation. Honey oil is the byproduct of a marijuana THC extraction process which utilizes butane gas. The fire started at around 1:40 pm. When firefighters arrived, they found one unit of the duplex in flames but were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the other unit. Police arrested Clyde Smith, 29, at the scene. They say he lived at the home. Smith faces charges of manufacturing a controlled substance through a chemical process and causing a fire resulting in an injury. One firefighter suffered minor burns while fighting the blaze. Eight people were displaced by the fire. The Red Cross was called in to help them out.

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