A Corbett barn that has been linked to an illegal hash oil drug lab burned Friday, Aug. 9.
Corbett Fire District 14 responded to the barn blaze around 9 a.m. in the 43200 block of East Larch Mountain Road. Upon arrival, crews found a 30-foot-by-50-foot pole building heavily engulfed in flames. Bystanders had reported a large explosion before crews arrived, and a second large explosion occurred after fire trucks pulled up.
The fire was contained within an hour by Corbett firefighters, with assistance from Gresham Fire & Emergency Services.
The fire investigation discovered an illegal Butane Hash/Honey Oil processing lab in the barn. Hashish is a drug made from the resin of the cannabis plant. There were indications the lab was operating at the time of the fire and the occupants fled the scene.
Corbett Fire said the labs are highly dangerous and have been the cause of several fires and explosions throughout Oregon.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation into the drug barn.
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