A fire breaks out at a condo on West Blue Violet Court in Anaheim, Jan. 21, 2016. Courtesy of OnScene.TV
A fire breaks out at a condo on West Blue Violet Court in Anaheim, Jan. 21, 2016. Courtesy of OnScene.TV

A condominium and garage in Anaheim where a non-injury fire broke out contained a marijuana growing and hash oil extraction operation, authorities said Thursday.

The fire engulfed the garage of a two-story detached condominium on West Blue Violet Court beginning around 11:40 p.m. Wednesday and spread into the living quarters, according to Anaheim police.

About 25 firefighters from Anaheim Fire & Rescue and the Orange County Fire Authority responded and put out the fire in around 20 minutes, authorities said.

“There was a heavy odor of marijuana present when firefighters arrived at the scene,” Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.

Fire investigators found the condominium was being used to grow marijuana and extract concentrated oil, called hash oil or honey oil, using flammable and potentially explosive butane gas, police said.

A state law that went into effect Jan. 1 makes it a felony to manufacture hash oil within 300 feet of an occupied residence or structure a felony.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. The condominium was unoccupied when emergency services arrived and no arrests have been reported.

The monetary loss from the fire was estimated at $470,000, all but $20,000 of that attributed to structural damage, police said.

“An investigation is underway to locate the individual(s) who were in control of the property,” according to a police statement.

Numerous butane containers were found at the scene.

–City News Service

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