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Fire destroys marijuana grow warehouse in Wasilla

PALMER -- A major fire Wednesday evening destroyed the cultivation operation of a new marijuana business in Wasilla.

The fire at Scorpion Grass, just off the Parks Highway, was called in just before 8 p.m., according to Ken Barkley, Mat-Su emergency services director.

It immediately drew a large response. Central Mat-Su Fire Department, based in Wasilla, responded. So did personnel from West Lakes, Houston, Willow, Butte and Palmer fire departments.

A grow operation “was in full swing,” Barkley wrote in a message. An associated dispensary wasn’t open yet because the owners were waiting for the crop to be ready, a business representative said.

The fire destroyed the large warehouse area but the administrative area might be salvageable, Barkley said.

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