Isla Vista, CA — At 9:00 p.m. on December 8, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to a gas leak in a residential structure located at 6624 Trigo Road in Isla-Vista.
Upon arrival to the scene, firefighters found a one story occupied duplex that had been damaged by an explosion.
Upon entering the structure, firefighters confirmed that there had been an explosion with a fire flash that was out on arrival. The building received moderate damage to the kitchen from the ensuing fire and the windows and sliding glass door had been blown out.
The explosion resulted from the illegal act of obtaining “Hashish Oil” from marijuana plants. Subsequent to the event, 31-year-old Mathew David Bacon of Isla Vista was arrested by Santa Barbara County Fire Investigators for arson and conspiracy and bail was set at $250,000 dollars. Bacon was taken into custody and detained by the Sheriff’s Department at the Isla Vista Foot Patrol Office.
Bacon was transported to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital for treatment for minor burns to his face and arm.