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LIVERMORE — An explosion that rocked a Livermore apartment Saturday, critically burning three people, was not caused by a methamphetamine lab, police said Monday.

But investigators believe some kind of illegal drug-related activity was a significant factor in the blast, in the 3600 block of Silver Oaks Way. Livermore police Lt. Mike Peretti declined to specify the narcotic activity involved.

“This was not a (methamphetamine) cook,” he said. “This was not a lab.”

The three people injured — 21-year-old Evan D. Aviles, who lived at the apartment; his girlfriend, 22-year-old Lexie Miriyah Huston; and Paul Lom, a 35-year-old San Jose man — remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday at area burn units, Peretti said. He said the victims’ burns are some of the worst he’s ever seen. They also appeared to have injuries to their hands and feet and possibly missing portions of their digits.

“None of them are out of the woods,” he said. “They are fighting for their lives right now.”

No one had been arrested as of Monday afternoon.

Police and Livermore-Pleasanton firefighters went to the apartment complex about 5:15 p.m. upon a report of the explosion and fire. It took about 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The three who had been inside the apartment were taken by ambulance to Livermore High School, where they were transferred to helicopters and then transported to area burn units. Lom and Aviles were taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, and Huston was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

No one else was injured. Fire damage to the apartment was estimated at about $350,000.

A city building inspector deemed the 5-unit building where the explosion occurred uninhabitable, police said.

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