A house that caught fire in Merced and a man on flames who was running outside on the property could have been caused by a marijuana conversion lab, police said.
Merced police and firefighters responded at 5:23 p.m. to reports of a residential structure fire at the west corner of Glen Avenue and West 21st Street, Fire Captain Nathan Frankhauser said.
Merced Police Sgt. Ray Alvarez said first responders received reports of a man on fire running outside the home.
A male in his 30s received second-degree burns and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital, Frankhauser said.
As firefighters were putting out the flames, they reported there was evidence of a marijuana operation in the home, Alvarez said.
Firefighters followed protocol regarding hazardous materials at the scene, washing themselves off and discarding their gear after extinguishing the fire.
Further investigation by Merced officers and detectives revealed there likely was a marijuana conversion lab in the home, Alvarez said, adding that the Merced Area Gang and Narcotic Enforcement Team was on its way to investigate the scene Thursday night.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation, Frankhauser said.