No arrests in Auburn apartment blast

One of four inside was juvenile
By: Jenifer Gee Journal News Editor
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The investigation continues, but no arrests have been made after a chemical explosion sparked a fire in an Auburn apartment this week. On Thursday, Lt. Jeff Ausnow with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, declined to release the names of the four occupants inside the dwelling at the time of the 9 p.m. incident, with the ongoing investigation. Ausnow described the four as a couple in their mid-20s and “that apartment is their home.” He said two males, one juvenile and one in his early 30s, were guests. Ausnow said no arrests would be made at this time. “If through our investigation we decide we have enough evidence, we’ll file a charge with the District Attorney’s Office and then warrants may be issued,” Ausnow said. Investigators, which include a California Department of Justice task force, are tasked with determining if illegal activity occurred and who was involved, Ausnow said. On Wednesday, Ausnow indicated that a marijuana concentration effort was part of the cause of the explosion. “Investigators determined that the explosion was caused by flammable fumes which were produced by the occupants as they tried to create concentrated cannabis – or hashish – from marijuana,” Ausnow said in a prior Journal report. Investigators suspect that a combination of butane sparked by a bathroom fan caused the blast. Jenifer Gee can be reached at