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Explosion, Fire Lead to Arrests on Drug Charges in Sonoma County

An explosion and fire Thursday night at a home in an unincorporated area of Sebastopol injured two people, two cats, and a dog, and led to the arrests of four people on drug charges, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded to the 1400 block of Industrial Avenue in the unincorporated area of Sebastopol at 9:30 p.m. to assist the Gold Ridge Fire Protection District with a house fire that resulted from an explosion.

Two people were in the home during the explosion and a third resident was outside holding a small dog that had been burned by the blast, the department said.

The Sheriff's Department said that at the time of the explosion the two people inside had been making honey oil, a concentrated form of cannabis, from leftover marijuana.

"Deputies and fire personnel found butane canisters and glass tubing that contained marijuana inside the home," according to the Sheriff's Office. "The explosion appears to be the result of an illegal butane honey oil lab."

The explosion and fire were in the bottom center unit of a five-unit, two-story building.

"The explosion caused the front door to be blown off the hinges and the windows to shatter," according to Sheriff's officials. "The dining room was blown off the foundation and pushed out approximately 18 inches.

There is also structural damage inside the kitchen."

Investigators collected evidence and took statements.

Arrested were Cameron Coull, 26, of Sebastopol; Douglas Baker, 39, of Santa Rosa; James Wood, 58, of Sebastopol; and Linzy Gingras, 29, of Sebastopol. Wood had been outside the home.

Coull and Baker were taken by ambulance to an area hospital and admitted for their injuries. The two cats and dog were taken for treatment by animal control.

Wood, Coull, and Baker were issued citations due to medical conditions.

Wood, Coull and Baker were each cited for felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, animal cruelty, and unlawfully causing a fire, and a misdemeanor probation violation charge.

Gingras was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on felony charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, animal cruelty and unlawfully causing a fire, with bail set at $100,000.

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