Two People Arrested For Allegedly Causing Deadly Explosion Last Year

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:50:27 -0800

LIVERMORE (BCN)--Two people critically injured in a Livermore apartment explosion  last year have been arrested on suspicion of causing the explosion that  killed the third person in the apartment.
 
Evan Aviles, 22, and his girlfriend, Lexie Hutson, 23, were both  hospitalized with severe burns after the explosion in their apartment at 3624  Silver Oaks Way on May 21, 2011.
     
Another man in the apartment, Paul Lom, 35, of San Jose, was also  severely burned in the explosion and died at the hospital several days later.
     
The explosion caused a fire that left the five-unit building  temporarily uninhabitable and caused $350,000 in damage.
     
Police said their 13-month investigation indicates that Aviles,  Hutson and Lom were manufacturing hashish oil in the apartment using highly  flammable liquid butane to extract the oil. 
     
The gas pooled on the floor during the manufacturing process,  eventually leading to the explosion.
     
Aviles and Hutson were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a  controlled substance and Lom's murder.
     
Police said the two acted with a conscious disregard for human  life while making the hashish oil, which led to Lom's death and endangered  other residents of the building.
 
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