Some of California’s leading legal cannabis producers were hit hard Monday when a fire raged through several greenhouses at a cultivation facility in in Monterey County. Dubbed “Terp Town,” the grow site produced cannabis for some of the best known-names in West Coast bud including the ubiquitous award-winning Loud Pack and DNA Genetics.
Nearly 300 people work at the facility in Greenfield. According to a statement from Loudpack, no one was killed or injured. Loudpack, Greenfield’s largest employer, also pledged that though the fire was destructive, it would “absolutely not” affect the jobs of its employees.
“We want to thank the Greenfield Fire Department and Greenfield Police Department for getting the fire under control so quickly and stopping it from spreading further due to the high winds,” said Brett Montgomery, VP of Supply Chain at Loudpack. “We are really thankful that everyone on our team is safe and no one was harmed. Right now it is too early to determine damages, but we will release more information as it becomes available to us.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but firefighters believe it may have started outside a greenhouse and then quickly spread through the facility. High winds and a lack of a sprinkler system likely caused the damage to spread more rapidly.
The blaze began at 4 pm on Monday and bystanders took a video, which was later made available on KSBW.
According to Leafly, DNA Genetics wrote in an Instagram post Monday that “shit got real today. That fire ripped through five of the eight greenhouses in ten minutes. Sad day for everyone on the site.” [The post is not currently up on the company’s IG profile.]
Other names in the cannabis community lended their support. “Thoughts are with our friends at Loudpack completely devastating,” Jungle Boys posted to Instagram. “That is heavy. Thoughts and prayers going out to all involved,” said Dying Breed Seeds.
Photo via Flickr user U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service