The owner of a two-story warehouse that caught fire Sunday night revealing a marijuana-growing operation inside said he was operating a collective co-op, Tacoma police said Monday.
A passerby called 911 about 10:22 p.m. after seeing smoke coming from the warehouse in the 2500 block of Jefferson Street, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
After fire crews extinguished the blaze, they found evidence of a marijuana-growing operation, so they called police.
About 600 pot plants, ranging from seedlings to mature plants, were found inside the warehouse, Also found were chemicals, grow lights and other equipment, and pot in small plastic bags.
The alarm company called the warehouse owner to alert him to the fire, and he called his attorney before coming to the warehouse, Cool said.
Police had not yet determined whether the man was licensed to grow marijuana.
Investigators determined the fire was caused by an electrical overload.