Marijuana clone plants are displayed under a light at a medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren, Associated Press file)

Hash oil extraction suspected in Westminster fire, two arrested

Two men have been arrested as suspects in a fire caused by alleged hash oil extraction at a Westminster residence.

Ashton Blanch, 25, and Oinander Kanwar, 28, have been arrested on suspicion of marijuana processing and possession of a controlled substance, according to the Westminster Police Department.

Blanch also faces a possible fourth-degree arson charge.

Hash oil explosion suspected in Westminster fire, two arrested
Ashton Blanch. (Westminster Police Department)
Hash oil explosion suspected in Westminster fire, two arrested
Oinander Kanwar. (Westminster Police Department)

The fire broke out in a garage at about 8:15 p.m. Monday at 4845 W. 73rd Ave., police said.

It took Westminster firefighters about 40 minutes to put out the blaze. Investigators suspect a hash oil operation in the garage sparked the fire.

The North Metro Drug Task Force is part of the ongoing investigative effort, according to Westminster police.

Blanch and Kanwar have been released from custody pending formal filing of charges, police said.

Two people were treated on scene for smoke inhalation at the fire scene Monday. There were no additional injuries.

Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822, or @kierannicholson

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