Firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze at a legal marijuana-grow operation in Seattle's Interbay neighborhood.
Firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze Wednesday morning at Sea of Green Farms, a legal marijuana-grow operation in Interbay.
The fire started in one of the grow rooms and was caused by an electrical malfunction, according to Kyle Moore, Seattle Fire Department spokesman.
When firefighters arrived about 4 a.m. in the 2500 block of West Commodore Way, flames were blowing out the building’s side, exposing the building next door to flames, Moore said.
“We were able to contain it to the one building and it took about an hour to knock it down,” he said.
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No injuries were reported.
It’s standard procedure for firefighters to wear masks, so none were exposed to any potential marijuana fumes, Moore said. “The building is ventilated upward, so all the smoke went up into the air,” he said.
Sea of Green Farms was the first legal, recreational marijuana-grow operation licensed by the Liquor Control Board in Seattle.
The Seattle City Attorney’s office sued the grower last summer claiming the company failed to comply with city building code.
The suit was dismissed once Sea of Green got the proper land-use designation, said Kimberly Mills, a spokesperson for the City Attorney’s office. Sea of Green paid $2,790 in penalties.
Damages to the building and equipment are estimated at $250,000, not including loss of product, according to the Seattle Fire Department.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story included incorrect financial numbers for Sea of Green Farms.