A one-alarm fire in a two-story Victorian home in Oakland Friday afternoon appears to have been caused by a marijuana grow operation, fire officials said.
The fire in the 1700 block of 10th Avenue was reported around 1:30 p.m. and caused extensive damage before it was brought under control at 2:06 p.m., Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton said.
Firefighters found a bedroom off of the kitchen on the second floor filled with marijuana plants, Drayton said.
The fire is thought to be electrical in nature and PG&E was at the scene this afternoon investigating what may be illegal wiring in the house, Drayton said.
The fire extended to three rooms and the attic before it was contained and there was extensive smoke and water damage to the building. No residents were home at the time of the fire and no firefighters were injured, Drayton said.
The building has a dance studio located on the first floor and an apartment located on the second floor. The building's owner, who rents out the apartment, was at the scene talking to police after the fire, Drayton said.
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