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Recent Marijuana Grow Facility Fires Have Common Thread

DENVER (CBS4) – Firefighters in Denver say they’re worried after three fires at medical marijuana grow facilities in recent days.

It takes a lot of electricity to produce marijuana plants indoors and the size of one warehouse that caught on fire is enormous. Denver firefighters say it’s a growing problem.

As far as fires go it was not a large one, but it pointed out what’s becoming a serious threat for firefighters.

“It’s so smoky you can’t see your hand in front of your face. Our firefighters go in there; that mesh presents an entanglement hazard. We can get a firefighter entangled, you can end up with a fatality,” Lt. Phil Champagne with the Denver Fire Department said.

The fire on Saturday night happened at a state-approved grow facility. Employees were reluctant to speak about the several dispensaries it serves.

While the dispensaries are in plain view, where they grow the plants can be right in the middle of residential neighborhoods like one in northeast Denver. Electrical workers rewired the cables after one fell and touched off an incident there. An owner pointed out the money and effort that has been put into putting in new power sources to support the grows.

“Once they get the permits, then their operations grow and it begins to exceed the capacity of their electrical component in the buildings,” Champagne said. “We’re getting tons of fires as a result of that.”

Denver fire says state-approved medical marijuana grow houses are a big enough problem, but clandestine grow houses are even trickier since they don’t know where they are.

The department could use more staff to conduct fire inspections on marijuana grow facilities.

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  1. 333maxwell says:

    :”Denver fire says state-approved medical marijuana grow houses are a big enough problem, but clandestine grow houses are even trickier since they don’t know where they are.:

    Unless there is a fire, there is no reason for anyone to know where they are. If there is a fire, I assume they will find the place like they do any other fire. Most of these fires have an address they get sent to..

    What a nutty nutty abstract thing to say.. Statistically more home fires happen because of common incandescent light bulbs (usually a lamp tipped over and it lands on the bed or the likes) than grow light house fires,

  2. Shiskaboom says:

    Three fires are tons?Firefighters in Denver say they’re worried after three fires at medical marijuana grow facilities in recent days. “We’re getting tons of fires as a result of that.”

    1. Todd says:

      Yeah, and the last sentence really highlights their objective, “The department could use more staff to conduct fire inspections on marijuana grow facilities.”

  3. JT says:

    This is a famous old LEO tactic. When a judge wouldn’t issue a warrant for a residence or business, law enforcement would use the “Do you smell smoke?” tactic to have firefighters come and chop down the doors in the interest of “safety” .Then the cops could enter the property under the guise of a victim search and throw probable cause right out hte window. I’m sure it’ll be of geat comfort to the people who might burn to death in a fire while law enforcement is tying up that resource looking into legal grows. Granted, actual fires will happen in grow rooms, but this is a slippery slope.

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