An early Sunday morning fire damaged part of a huge greenhouse used for growing cannabis in Carpinteria. A neighbor who awoke to a glow notified the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District about the incident on the 4900 block of Foothill Road at approximately 5:20 a.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a big greenhouse with heavy smoke and fire exiting through a large portion of the roof, according to Fire Department spokeswoman Grace Rampton. Crews kept the fire contained to one area of the large greenhouse and had knocked down the blaze by 6:26 a.m., Rampton said.

The incident generated a huge amount of smoke and fire that could be seen as far away as Linden Avenue.

“Greenhouses are always a challenge because of the construction, and the plasticized material creates a large amount of heat and smoke,” Fire Marshal/Investigator Michael Lomonaco said.

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