Smoke from the explosion forms a column in the air. [Photo provided by a reader.]

From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On 11/14/11 at approximately 1114 hrs. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call of a fire in the area of Rancho Road and Spring St. in the Rancho Sequoia area of Alderpoint. There were reportedly explosions heard in the area of the fire. Cal-Fire and Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene and determined that the fire had destroyed a small outbuilding and were related to a hash extraction lab. Deputies located thousands of empty butane bottles on the property. A green Jeep (no further description) was seen leaving the area at the time the fire was reported. No persons were located on the property.

Anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.