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Man on Fire: San Diego Hotel Explosion Likely a Drug Lab, 3 People Burned

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An explosion at a San Diego hotel is being blamed on an apparent drug lab, and witnesses report seeing one of the three injured people fleeing while "engulfed in flames."

The blast happened shortly after 11 this morning at the Heritage Inn in the Midway District, and "blew out walls and windows," according to UT San Diego.

A witness who heard the explosion saw the man on fire, "with flames coming from his head and body as he ran." Another hotel occupant said the blast woke her up and blew in the wall of her room. She also described seeing a severely burned man sitting on the stairs. “His hands were melting off and his face was gray,” she elaborated.

A man and woman were occupying the room in which the blast occurred, and they admitted they were using methamphetamine, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Maurice Luque. Both of them were burned, as was a man in the room next door.

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Authorities from the Narcotics Task Force will be investigating the possible drug lab, according to a federal Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman.