Two people were taken into custody after several rooms went up in flames at a Motel 6 in South El Monte early Sunday morning, officials said.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials responded to the motel at 1228 Durfee Ave. around 12:37 a.m., according to a statement from the sheriff’s department.
The flames had spread to both floors of the two-story hotel by the time firefighters arrived on scene, but crews were able to knock down the flames before 1 a.m., the fire department reported.
Arson investigators then responded and found evidence that led them to believe a “honey oil” marijuana extraction laboratory had been operating from the motel, deputies said. Police-related equipment was also recovered, but officials did not specify what kind.
Two people were detained and taken to a nearby hospital with burn injuries, and one dog was taken to a veterinary hospital, also suffering from burn injuries, according to the sheriff’s department.
A third person involved may have fled the location before authorities arrived, deputies said.
The building sustained an estimated $80,000 in damage.
The fire’s cause still had not been officially determined.