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North Hollywood building fire reveals indoor marijuana farm

October 29, 2011 |  8:20 am

Map shows location of a fire in a North Hollywood commercial building. Click here to learn more about the area.

A fire in a North Hollywood commercial building early Saturday revealed what police say is an extensive indoor marijuana growing operation.

Firefighters responded shortly after midnight to a building on the 7400 block of Bellaire Avenue, near Saticoy Street, just off Highway 170, to a report of a roof fire, said Brian Humphreys, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was knocked down within 20 minutes, with no injuries, he said.

However, inside the building firefighters discovered hundreds of marijuana plants grown under artificial light, said Sgt. Aaron Ponce, the Los Angeles Police Department’s North Hollywood division.

A narcotics investigator has been called in, Ponce said.

“We’re just beginning the investigation,” Ponce said. “We don’t know who owns the building.”

A cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Image: Map shows location of a fire in a North Hollywood commercial building. Source: Google Maps

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