Authorities say five Rhode Island men are facing federal charges in connection with several fires allegedly sparked by drug oil labs.
U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha on Wednesday announced that five men have been charged with endangering lives by running clandestine drug labs that used highly flammable butane to produce potent marijuana oil.
The charges against one of the men stem from a July 31 fire in South Kingstown that killed 27-year-old Brett Carrano of West Warwick. Authorities say the two were running a lab to produce butane hash oil, which is used to extract THC from marijuana.
Two others are charged in connection with a March 2015 fire at a mill building in Providence. Another man is charged in a fire at a Westerly apartment building.