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El Cajon

San Diego County deputy sheriffs and the California Department of Forestry responded to an explosion and fire at a methamphetamine laboratory in a house that rocked a neighborhood just east of El Cajon and injured one man, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies dispatched to the scene Wednesday night found Eugene Reddick, 30, of Spring Valley, lying near the house with second- and third-degree burns on his face, head, hands and arms. Neighbors saw two men and three women running from the house in the 1900 block of Dehesa Road shortly after the 9:35 p.m. explosion, the spokeswoman said.

Reddick was transported by ambulance to UC San Diego Medical Center’s burn unit, where he was listed in fair condition Thursday.

This is the second methamphetamine-related explosion this year on the property, which belongs to Michael J. Junkin, 29. In April, a similar explosion caused $45,000 damage to a mobile home on the property, investigators said, adding that it was caused by hazardous chemicals being used in an illegal drug laboratory.

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Junkin is being sought for questioning, as well as the five people who fled, the spokeswoman said.


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