PLACENTIA – An investigation continued Tuesday morning after an electrical fire broke out at an industrial business complex, leading to the discovery of a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation, police said.
Fire crews responded shortly after 7:30 p.m. Monday to the complex in the 1000 block of South Melrose Street near La Jolla Street, Placentia police Detective Corinne Loomis said.
As firefighters were waiting for Edison crews to shut down the electricity, they noticed smoke coming through the roof of an adjacent business, Loomis said. When firefighters entered the business, they discovered a large-scale marijuana-growing operation.
The fire was under control in about 30 minutes with the help of 24 firefighters, Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion said.
Police responded and got a search warrant to enter the business, Loomis said.
“About 1,500 to 2,000 plants are being cultivated inside the business,” Loomis sad. “It’s a sophisticated operation.”
Police worked through the night cataloging the evidence in the 5,000-square-foot business and began removing the plants Tuesday morning.
Loomis said no arrests have been made, and detectives are trying to determine who rents the space and how long the operation has been in place.
The estimated street value of the marijuana plants is about $500,000, Loomis said.