A residential house fire last night turned out to be the site of an illegal marijuana grow operation, according to police. The fire began just after 4 p.m. at the 2000 block of S. 312th Street in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

A residential house fire last night turned out to be the site of an illegal marijuana grow operation, according to police. The fire began just after 4 p.m. at the 2000 block of S. 312th Street in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Federal Way house fire found to be site of illegal marijuana grow-op

South King Fire responded to the fire on Thursday evening; No suspects have been located, Federal Way police say.

A Federal Way house that caught fire Thursday evening is suspected to be the site of an illegal marijuana grow operation.

South King Fire and Rescue crews, along with Valley Regional Fire Authority and King County Medic One, responded to the residential fire around 4:15 p.m. on Nov. 21.

Crews made an aggressive interior attack to contain the house fire, located at the 2000 block of S. 312th St., according to SKFR Assistant Chief of Operations Kevin Crossen. On scene, Chief Vic Pennington declined to comment.

Firefighters worked to ventilate the roof of the house and gained entry through an attic window on the south side of the house. The fire is believed to have started downstairs of the home. After conducting rescue searches, crews found no occupants in the house, Crossen said.

Further investigation shows it doesn’t appear anyone was living at the residence, Crossen said.

The estimated damages total $150,000 for both the house and the contents inside, he added.

Federal Way police officers responded to the scene around 4:20 p.m.

“It quickly became evident this residence was the location of an illegal marijuana grow operation,” noted Cmdr. Kurt Schwan of Federal Way police. “It was determined the fire was most likely caused by a space heater.”

After being made safe by fire personnel, Special Investigation Unit detectives responded to assume responsibility for the investigation, Schwan told the Mirror in an email.

Items of evidence were recovered from the residence, but no suspects were located, he added.

The Mirror will update this story as more information becomes available.

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