Hunt for burn­ing man af­ter ice blaze

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

PO­LICE were last night on the hunt for a man who may be suf­fer­ing fa­cial burns fol­low­ing an ex­plo­sion in­side a sus­pected clandestine drug lab in an Ep­ping apart­ment, where more than $30 mil­lion of ice was seized.

Po­lice seized the mas­sive meth haul from the unit on a quiet cul-de­sac in the north­ern Syd­ney sub­urb af­ter a fire in the prop­erty on Mon­day. A man was spot­ted nearby with burns to his face just be­fore emer­gency ser­vices ar­rived.

A crime scene was es­tab­lished while Haz­mat crews and the Drug and Firearms Squad’s Chem­i­cal Op­er­a­tions Unit dis­man­tled the burnt-out lab.

Ge­orge Kady, 35, was work­ing on a site be­low the build­ing when the fire broke out.

“It smelt like some­thing bad, it was black smoke — it stunk,” he said. “We all thought it was a saucepan smoul­der­ing at first but when the black smoke came out I knew.”

Ryde Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent John Dun­can said neigh­bours were shocked to find they’d been liv­ing next door to such an elab­o­rate and com­bustible set up.

“It posed a real dan­ger,” he said.

The warn­ing sign.

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