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SALT LAKE CITY — Two people were arrested Saturday after an explosion in their Salt Lake City apartment led fire officials and police to find a "working and operational" clandestine drug lab.
Ryan Cahouet, 25, and Brianna Westre, 21, are being held on suspicion of drug possession and operating a lab; Westre also has outstanding drug-related felony warrants, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The explosion happened Saturday afternoon in a building near Pioneer Park on 400 West.
Firefighters responded to the unit after a "refrigerator exploded and caught fire." Once they made sure the fire was out, the affidavit says, they alerted police the apartment might be a clandestine lab.
Police obtained a search warrant and found chemicals and other materials used to make drugs. The statement says they also found drug paraphernalia, like a glass pipe, packaged marijuana and MDMA.
The explosion caused portions of the apartment building to be evacuated for a time Saturday afternoon.