Man burned in Los Osos hash lab fire
February 4, 2015
A Los Osos man is receiving treatment in the Fresno Burn Center after a hash oil lab he was allegedly operating exploded Tuesday afternoon.
Matthew David Culver, 32, used a fire extinguisher to put out a blaze in his apartment at 1351 Los Olivos Avenue around 4:30 p.m. He then drove himself to the hospital with burns on his face and arms.
Emergency personnel later transferred him to the burn center, and he is expected to survive. Upon release, Culver will face charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and elder abuse.
An elderly man who leases Culver the apartment was also inside when the explosion occurred, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office news release. The elderly landlord did not suffer any injuries, but responders transported him to the hospital for heart related issues.
He is not considered a suspect in the hash oil operation.
Initial reports of the explosion indicated that a toaster caught fire and flames spread to cabinets. But, when the sheriff’s narcotics unit responded to the apartment, detectives found evidence of a lab that converts marijuana into hash oil.
Several hash oil labs have caused explosions in San Luis Obispo County in recent years.