It took 35 Orange County firefighters 23 minutes Friday to douse a blaze in a two-story commercial building on Santa Ana’s Main Street and when the flames were out, they found a honey oil operation inside, authorities said.
The blaze was reported at 12:09 p.m. in the 2000 block of South Main Street, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Jon Muir said.
“The bulk of the fire was in the front office,” Muir said. The building was described as having a business on the first floor and an office on the second floor.
Firefighters managed to stop flames from collapsing the building and limited damage to the second floor, he said.
Of the first floor, “the whole inside is completely damaged,” Muir said.
No one was inside or around the building and there were no injuries, he said.
After discovering the apparent honey oil operation, the OCFA called for its bomb squad and Santa Ana police to investigate, Muir said. Investigators confirmed the occupants were making honey oil and police designated the site a crime scene, he said.
Honey oil is a powerful form of cannabis extracted from the plant using flammable butane. The finished product looks like honey or butter, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Get Smart About Drugs website.
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