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Investigators find growing equipment in burned building [Updated]

July 9, 2009 |  7:58 am

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[Updated at 9 a.m.: Police and fire officials are investigating an indoor growing operation found inside a downtown L.A. commercial building that was engulfed in flames.

After the fire was extinguished by firefighters, investigators discovered growing equipment inside, said police spokesman Richard French. What was being grown though is not yet known, he said.

More photos Fire department spokesman Erik Scott said it was a possible illegal operation.]

Firefighters knocked down a structure fire this morning in downtown Los Angeles that engulfed a one-story commercial building.

Several Los Angeles Fire Department trucks were called to the scene in the 600 block of South Santa Fe Avenue at 6:40 a.m., department spokesman Erik Scott said. It took 75 firefighters 37 minutes to extinguish the blaze, Scott said. No injuries were reported, and the cause was under investigation.

-- Raja Abdulrahim

Photo: Los Angeles city firefighters extinguish an early-morning fire in an industrial building in downtown L.A. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times >>More photos