SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The San Francisco Police Department arrested a suspect after a home exploded in the Sunset District Thursday, leaving one person dead. Darron Price, 53, of San Francisco was arrested for manslaughter, manufacturing drugs and two counts of child endangerment.
The three-alarm fire broke out in a home in the 1700 block of 22nd Avenue. A woman’s body was found in the charred rubble, one was seriously injured and a firefighter suffered minor injuries.
During the inspection of the home, investigators discovered evidence of a possible narcotics manufacturing facility. It was later determined by investigators that an active illegal narcotics manufacturing lab was in the home at the time of the explosion.
Investigators were able to identify the suspect following the investigation of the home. On Friday, SFPD located Price on Newhall Street at around 4:30 p.m. and arrested him.
Darron Price’s brother Sean Price spoke to KRON4 Saturday and expressed his thoughts on the incident. “My brother is very experienced with manufacturing and production of products in the weed industry with over 30 years’ experience. So, I know he would never have done anything at his own house. He is very aware of the dangers involved,” said Sean Price.
Three homes were damaged as a result of the fire. Evacuations were ordered for some buildings on 22nd Avenue. The death of the adult female found in the home is currently under investigation.
The San Francisco Fire Department first responded to the report of an explosion just before 9:30 a.m. The explosion blew out windows and doors of surrounding homes, along with car windows on the street.
KRON4 confirmed that the explosion was related to an incident Friday that led to an evacuation of the Daly City BART station. A van at the center of the scene in Daly City was seen leaving the scene of the explosion Friday.
SFPD will release more information later in a press release, Vaswani said. This story will be updated when KRON4 learns more.