Hash oil extraction blamed for Black Hawk explosion, fire

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BLACK HAWK, Colo. -- A day after a fire completely destroyed a home in Gilpin County, officials have determined the blaze was caused by an accidental explosion during the extraction of marijuana hash oil.

The fire, which broke out just after noon on Sunday in the 400 block of Chalet Drive, engulfed the home and left one person in the hospital. On Monday, officials stressed the investigation was ongoing and that no charges have been filed yet.

The person injured was not the property's owner but was believed to have been only temporarily staying in the home. The homeowner is expected to tour the damage with her insurance agent on Tuesday and to determine what will be covered.

For months, firefighters in Colorado have been warning residents to be aware of the dangers of extracting marijuana hash oil.

"You're actually standing in that vapor cloud of explosive chemicals," said Mark Watson, a public information officer with the Denver Fire Department. Another person was injured on Saturday after trying to extract marijuana hash oil at a townhome in Commerce City.