Los Angeles, CA: Tragically, a person was discovered deceased during a search and rescue operation after a devastating fire engulfed a commercial building that housed what appeared to be a cannabis grow operation. The Los Angeles Fire Department provided this initial information.
At 1:17 a.m. on Saturday, the LAFD responded to a significant structure fire on the 800 block of East Manchester Avenue in the Green Meadows neighborhood of South Los Angeles.
Upon arrival, they discovered a single-story commercial building engulfed in flames, with intense fire visible through the roof. According to LAFD Captain, Public Information Officer Adam VanGerpen at the scene, the firefighters quickly took action by aggressively entering the structure to combat the flames inside.
After approximately 10 minutes of fighting the fire, the building’s integrity was compromised as flames engulfed the roof. According to VanGerpen, firefighters decided to retreat from the fire at that moment.
There were 113 firefighters who quickly responded to the incident and managed to control the situation within 75 minutes. Following the successful knockdown, VanGerpen reported that a search and rescue operation was carried out within the building. Tragically, one victim was found deceased.
As of the time of this report, a comprehensive search is still underway, with one fatality confirmed. According to VanGerpen, it was initially believed that the building was empty, but it has turned out to be a cannabis grow operation.
Investigators swiftly arrived at the scene to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported and there was no threat to other buildings.