Several marijuana plants were found inside a warehouse that caught fire Wednesday, sending plumes of black smoke above the San Diego skyline.
San Diego Fire-Rescue crews rushed to 3430 Hancock Street just before 8 a.m. for a two-alarm fire inside a 10,000-square foot warehouse.
The fire was so intense, firefighters had to pull back their initial attack and fight the fire from the outside. It took 70 firefighters more than 90 minutes to put out the blaze.
The SDFD helicopter could not drop water on the fire and power lines near the building also caused concern. Fire crews turned off power to the area and soaked the building with their hoses for several hours to make sure the fire did not spark back up again.
Even hours later, it was too dangerous for firefighters to go inside the building. The cause of the fire is undetermined and under investigation, and now that several marijuana plants have been pulled out, the San Diego Police Narcotics division wants to know why the plants were found inside.
Five businesses, cars, package material and what appeared to be a boat repair shop were inside the building, said SDFD Capt. Joe Amador.
No one was injured in the fire.
The location of the warehouse is south of Interstate 8 and west of Interstate 5 and just a few miles north of San Diego International Airport.
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