Fire leads crew to hundreds of pot plants

Hundreds of marijuana plants were found in an Oakland building today while firefighters were battling a three-alarm blaze at an adjacent building, according to fire officials.

Just before 5 a.m., the Oakland Fire Department received a report of a fire on Chestnut Street. Firefighters arrived and attempted to access the roof of 336 Adeline St. to fight the flames from there, according to Oakland Police Department spokesman Roland Holmgren.

When they entered, firefighters found 300 to 400 pot plants, said U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Casey McEnry.

Fire officials called the Police Department, which has a DEA task force officer. The DEA is working on obtaining a warrant to dismantle the operation and follow up on an investigation, said McEnry.

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