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Structure fire caused by a suspected butane honey oil lab
September 1, 2019
JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Monday, August 29 at about 6:21 p.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff's dispatch received multiple 911 calls of a structure fire and explosions at a residence in the 61800 block of Rosemary Lane in Joshua Tree. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department's - Morongo Basin Station and personnel from the San Bernardino County Fire Department arrived and found a detached garage and two vehicles fully engulfed with dozens of exploded butane canisters on the ground.
Responding personnel suspected Butane Honey Oil/THC extraction lab was in operation at that location. Investigators from the Sheriff's Bomb/Arson Detail, Sheriff's Narcotic's Division, and Fire Department responded and conducted an investigation.
Investigators identified Patrick Ryan (age 48 of Joshua Tree) as one of the suspects and arrested him for violation of California Health and Safety Code 11376.9(a) manufacturing a controlled substance. Ryan was transported to the West Valley Detention Center where he is being held on $500,000 bail. A second suspect, identified as Michael Doty (age 57 of Landers), was contacted at a local hospital with severe burns he sustained when the lab exploded.
Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Morongo Basin Station at 760-366-4175.
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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