On November 21th, 2013 at approximately 7:36 PM,
The Woodland Police Department and Woodland Fire Department were dispatched to 87 Utah Ave for an explosion and possible structure fire. While en route, witnesses reported seeing several male subjects running from the house – one of which was reportedly on fire. Upon arrival officers and fire personnel could not locate any victims of the fire, nor did any victims report any injuries.
After conducting a protective sweep of the house, it was determined an explosion occurred in the garage that resulted in a fire that was quickly extinguished by fire personnel. Officers found a large quantity of marijuana in the garage and an interior bedroom. Additionally, officers found containers of butane and traces of concentrated cannabis near the fire source.
The Woodland Police Department called agents from YONET to assist in evaluating the crime scene. YONET agents determined the occupants of the house were engaged in a chemical extraction process to manufacture concentrated cannabis at the time of the explosion. The resulting concussion from the explosion blew the garage door out, destroyed a large portion of the ceiling drywall, and blew the east and west walls away from the foundation and roof trusses.
As a result of the damage, a Woodland building inspector deemed the residence uninhabitable and ordered the sole resident of the house to vacate.
After investigating the incident, Woodland Police Department officers arrested 22 year old, Lucinda Alvira Alarcon-Rodriguez for possession of Marijuana for sales and manufacturing a controlled substance through chemical extraction – both felony crimes.
Alarcon-Rodriguez was transported to the Yolo County Jail where she was booked for the above mentioned charges. Alarcon-Rodriguez was not injured as a result of the explosion and to this point there have been no injuries reported.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call, the Woodland police Department and callers can choose to remain anonymous.