House fire leads police to suspected hash oil operation

Rohnert Park man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance after his residence caught fire, a Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety officer said.

The public safety department, which includes police and firefighters, responded around 4:10 p.m. Wednesday to a fire at a home at 414 Alta Ave., Cmdr. Pat Strouse said.

The garage and attic were burning when firefighters arrived.

Fire crews from Rancho Adobe and Rincon Valley assisted in extinguishing the blaze, Strouse said.

Firefighters found several butane canisters in the area of the fire and other items that indicated a hash oil operation in the residence, Strouse said.

The fire caused severe smoke and fire damage of about $100,000 to the residence, he said.

The resident, Jody Perry, 33, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and violating his probation.

Perry suffered a minor injury to his face but declined medical treatment, Strouse said.

A Sonoma County Jail spokesman said Perry was not yet listed on the booking log.

Strouse said the cause of the fire and suspected drug activity remain under investigation.