Firefighters battled their way through intense smoke early Friday as a legal marijuana grow operation suddenly went up in flames in South Seattle.
Crews responded to the scene, the former United States Seafoods building at 6901 W. Marginal Way SW, at about 2:15 a.m. after receiving 911 calls about thick smoke in the area.
When firefighters first arrived, the smoke was so heavy they had to enter the building blind – they couldn’t tell where it was coming from. Meanwhile, the strong smell of burning marijuana kept filling the area around the building.
Soon after crews found flames in a 20-foot-by-15-foot room full of marijuana plants. The blaze was extinguished and firefighters kept the blaze from spreading to the rest of the building.
Battalion Chief Benjamin Haskell says the heavy pot smoke was impressive, but wasn’t much of a danger.
“The smoke didn’t provide an additional hazard. The biggest hazard was the electrical hazard,” he said.
Seattle police and fire officials investigated carefully and determined that the grow operation is licensed and legal. But the growers have quite a cleanup ahead.
Officials also say that United States Seafoods is not affiliated with the building any longer, and has no connection with the grow operation.