Police: Drug activity causes apartment fire

01 Apr
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A man was detained Saturday night after an explosion and fire in his apartment was being investigated as possible drug related in the Gateway Apartment Complex in the 2200 block of South State College Boulevard in Anaheim. KEVIN WARN, FOR THE REGISTER

ANAHEIM – An apartment explosion Saturday prompted a building evacuation, displacement of four residents and arrest of the apartment’s renter, authorities said.

Sgt. Bob Dunn, spokesman for Anaheim Police Department, said apartment occupants are suspected of using fire to extract hash oil from marijuana, resulting in the explosion.

Stephen Toshiyuka, 23, who lives in the apartment, was arrested on suspicion of narcotics-related violations and booked in the Anaheim Detention Facility, Dunn said.

Police believe a woman who was in the apartment left the scene.

The fire was reported in a fourth-floor apartment at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Gateway Apartments, said Maria Sabol, a spokeswoman for the Anaheim Fire Department. Witnesses reported that it appeared to be an explosion. The fire triggered the sprinkler system.

The fire was out by the time firefighters arrived, Sabol said.

Officials evacuated the building, but officials were unsure how many people had to temporarily leave.

The apartment where the incident started had minor fire damage and water caused damage to the lower apartments, she said. A cost estimate was unavailable.

Four residents had to leave their homes for the night, Sabol said. The American Red Cross was called to help residents who had to stay elsewhere, Dunn said.

The Gateway complex straddles the Anaheim and Orange borders, but the fire was in Anaheim, authorities said. The complex’s official address on its website is 299 N. State College Blvd., in Orange.



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