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Deadly fire breaks out at cannabis grow house in South Los Angeles 

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A deadly fire ripped through a building in South Los Angeles early Saturday morning, and authorities believe that the structure, which appeared abandoned, housed a possibly illegal “cannabis operation.” 

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, firefighters responded to 832 East Manchester Avenue in South L.A.’s Green Meadows neighborhood at 1:15 a.m. regarding a car fire that was quickly upgraded to a structure fire. 

The building was heavily involved with flames by the time crews arrived and the roof had collapsed, LAFD confirmed. The firefight was made harder by a marijuana grow operation inside the seemingly abandoned structure. 

“We can’t say for sure because we don’t know exactly what permits they had…but we did not see any placarding from the outside that would indicate that this was a cannabis operation, which they should have had,” said LAFD Captain Adam Van Gerpen. “There are multiple different types of chemicals that they use to do this and some of them could be explosive…and have deadly results.” 

After more than 110 firefighters extinguished the fire in just over an hour, first responders found a man dead inside the building, law enforcement officials said. 

“Their systematic search will continue to assure no other victims were inside the seemingly abandoned building that proved to contain a cannabis operation,” LAFD said.  

The exact cause of the fire is unknown. 

Manchester Avenue at McKinley Avenue will remain closed while authorities conduct their investigation. 

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.