Echo Park fire reveals pot growing operation

Photo by Kathleen Klein-Wakefield

Photo by Kathleen Klein-Wakefield

ECHO PARK — The fire that broke out late Saturday afternoon in the 1400 block of Sutherland Street was not much to speak of – the fire was quickly put out and there were no injuries, according to the L.A. Fire Department. But inside were an estimated 100 marijuana plants,  police were told.

The fire department’s Hazardous Materials Squad was called in, and LAPD was on the scene several hours after the fire was extinguished at about 6 p.m., according to nearby residents. Officers will be collecting the plants today as evidence, said Sgt. Dave Armis with the LAPD Northeast Division. The owner of the structure has been contacted,  he said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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