Two arrested after hash oil explosion starts fire in Colorado Springs duplex

Firefighters put out a fire in a duplex on Foote Avenue in Colorado Springs September 25. / Colorado Springs Fire Department
Firefighters put out a fire in a duplex on Foote Avenue in Colorado Springs September 25. / Colorado Springs Fire Department

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two people were arrested after a hash oil explosion started a fire in a Colorado Springs duplex Sunday evening.

Police said the explosion and fire happened around 7 p.m. at a duplex on North Foote Avenue, just east of downtown. The apartment where the fire started sustained extensive damage. The attic of the other apartment was damaged.

Investigators determined the explosion was caused by butane hash oil extraction in the kitchen.

Two adults, a 12-year-old, and two cats were in the home at the time of the explosion. They were all able to escape safely.

One of the adults, Michael Griffiths, is charged with extraction of marijuana concentrate, fourth-degree arson, reckless endangerment, cruelty to animals, and child abuse. The other adult, Cathryn Griffiths, is charged with child abuse.

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