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2 Arrested After Firefighters Respond to Blaze at Pot-Growing Operation in Downtown L.A.

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A man and a woman were arrested after a fire broke out at pot-growing operation in a six-story commercial building in downtown Los Angeles, the Fire Department said Friday.

Firefighters quickly put out flames in a downtown L.A. building where a pot-growing operation was housed on  July 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Firefighters quickly put out flames in a downtown L.A. building where a pot-growing operation was housed on July 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Firefighters were called to 421 E. Sixth St. (map) about 8:15 p.m. Thursday and found flames showing from a third-floor window.

The blaze was confined to an occupied 1,500 square-foot warehouse that had been partially converted to a living space, the Los Angeles Fire Department stated in a blog post Friday.

One hundred firefighters put out the flames in 14 minutes, the post stated. Hazardous materials crews determined the scene, in a commercial structure in the Skid Row neighborhood, was safe.

Two people were arrested, according to the post: an adult male on suspicion of arson and cultivating marijuana plants, and an adult female on a warrant.

Damage was estimated at $1,500, with more than $1.5 million “saved,” according to LAFD.

The Fire Department’s Arson Section and Los Angeles Police Department narcotics investigators were working on the case.