- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Firefighters battled intense smoke as a South Seattle legal marijuana growing operation went up in flames.

KOMO-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2bnKugE ) that crews were called to Marginal Way at about 2:15 a.m. Friday. When firefighters arrived, the smoke was so thick that they had to enter the building blind. There was a strong smell of burning marijuana. The building is the site of the former United States Seafoods.

Crews found flames in a 20-foot-by-15-foot room full of marijuana plants. They extinguished the flames and saved the rest of the building.

Battalion Chief Benjamin Haskell says the heavy pot smoke was impressive, but wasn’t a danger.

Seattle police and fire officials investigated and determined that the grow operation is licensed and legal. The growers have quite a cleanup ahead.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, https://www.komotv.com/

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