Hunt for burning man after ice blaze
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.