PHOTOS: Lake County Sheriff
Around 8 PM on Saturday, November 2, deputies were called to a residence on the 6000 block of First Avenue, where Northshore Fire Department officials had already attended to an explosion and fire caused by a honey oil lab in a shed on the property.
Fire Department units also directed deputies’ attention to 36-year-old Nicholas Jay Hofer, whom they’d met in the driveway upon arriving. He had sustained several injuries to his face and upper chest and ultimately had to be airlifted to an out-of-county hospital for treatment.
Officials say Hofer is currently under investigation on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and may face charges.