L.A. Pot Dispensary Goes Up in Smoke After Recent Arson Attack
A neighbor says surveillance video caught a man throwing an incendiary device at the LA Mart Collective three weeks before it caught fire Tuesday morning.
LOS ANGELES — A 4,600-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary caught fire early Tuesday morning, weeks after a neighbor said someone tried to light the building on fire.
More than 100 firefighters battled a blaze at the LA Mart Collective that an insurance adjuster on the scene estimated costs $250,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.
Jasmine Cruz, an employee of neighboring business JC Flooring & Remodeling, showed The Daily Beast surveillance footage that shows smoke billowing from the building and firefighters’ arriving to put out the fire. No one is seen in the street or on the sidewalk outside of the building before the fire erupted, but neighbors report hearing an explosion before the smoke began to billow out the windows and there is a back alley behind the building.
Cruz says this not the first incident involving fire at the marijuana dispensary. Cruz says surveillance video taken about three weeks ago between 3 and 4 a.m. (the same time today’s fire started) shows a man walking getting out of a white truck and throwing a bottle-shaped object onto the roof of the building. She said when the object bounced off the roof and on to the sidewalk, the man was seen lighting it on fire before running away. By the time firefighters arrived, the fire had already gone out.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said no cause has been determined and it would not comment about the possibility of arson.