Hash oil production may be involved in early morning house fire on Clarkson Street in Denver

DENVER - Hash oil production may be involved in an early morning fire at a home on Clarkson Street in Denver.

The home is just a few blocks southwest of E. Speer Boulevard and S. Emerson Street.

The fire started in the basement around 4 a.m., according to the Denver Fire Department.

7NEWS Reporter Lindsay Watts spoke to a neighbor who said she woke up when she heard glass shatter and went outside to see two to three foot high flames coming out of the basement of the home. She said her roommate banged on the door of the home, and it appeared there was no one there.

“I know yesterday my other neighbor saw people moving furniture out,” said Joules Poolski. “I’ve only seen people there once in the past year.”

7NEWS Reporter Lindsay Watts visited the scene.

Hash oil is made by using butane to extract the psychoactive chemical THC from marijuana, producing a potent concentrate. Colorado and other states around the country have seen a rash of explosions linked to hash oil production in homes.

An explosion at a home in Littleton Saturday was the result of hash oil production, according to Mark Techmeyer with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

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