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Fire started from teen manufacturing hash oil

A 16-year-old boy was burned Tuesday night in a Petaluma apartment fire in what authorities describes as an attempt to make hash oil from marijuana and butane.

The boy, who received minor burns to his face and an arm, was taken from the apartment at 35 East Washington St. to Petaluma Valley Hospital. He later was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and issued a citation to appear in juvenile court, said Police Lt. Tim Lyons.

The fire was reported at 7:27 p.m. at the four-story Downtown River Apartments just east of the Petaluma River.

The building was evacuated, even as flames in the top-floor apartment were quickly extinguished by a fire sprinkler system.

Firefighters found burned kitchen cabinets and a damaged hood vent above the stove, which still had a burner set to "high," Lyons said.


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