Suspect Arrested in Deadly House Fire and Explosion in San Francisco’s Sunset District
On Friday, San Francisco police announced the arrest of 53-year-old Darron Price in connection with a deadly house fire and explosion that occurred in the city’s Sunset District on Thursday. Price was arrested at 4:30 p.m. on the unit block of Newhall Street and was booked into San Francisco County Jail on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, manufacturing narcotics, and two counts of child endangerment.
The explosion and subsequent fire claimed the life of a disabled woman living in the home and seriously injured her caregiver. Three homes were damaged by the blast and eight cars were also damaged, according to authorities. At first, the 1700 block of 22nd Avenue was ordered to evacuate, but the order, as well as the shelter-in-place order for properties close by, were lifted afterwards.
Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson called the explosion “really, really powerful” and said it completely took the home off its foundation. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion, and video from the scene showed firefighters battling the blaze and seemed to indicate that at least one home had been partially destroyed.
Investigators determined that an active illegal narcotics manufacturing lab was in the home during the incident. The origin of the fire and explosion is being looked into. The San Francisco Police Department has a 24-hour Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 and individuals with pertinent information are encouraged to call. Additionally, people can Text a Tip to TIP411 with the message beginning with SFPD.
The condition of the caregiver who was injured and remains in the hospital with burn wounds is unknown. The investigation into the case is still ongoing.
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