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Corvallis house fire connected to legal marijuana growing operation

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A house fire was caused by a legal small marijuana growing operation that was located in the second floor of a home in Corvallis.

The Corvallis Fire Department responded to the fire around 2:15 p.m. Thursday.

When crews arrived to the house, located in the 1900 clock of NE Seavy Ave, they found smoke coming from the second story window of a detached garage/apartment structure. The structure was located about 20 feet from the primary residence.

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control in less than 15 minutes. Crews said fire damage was mostly contained to one of the two upstairs rooms.

The room where the fire was located was being used for storage and a small legal marijuana growing operation.

No residents were not home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Corvallis Fire Dept. said the cause appears to be connected to the marijuana growing operation.

Since it is now legal to grow marijuana in Oregon, under certain conditions, people who want to grow marijuana have to be prepared to follow basic safety precautions, which include:

-Use only approved and UL listed appliances in perfect condition for your growing operation and use them within the scope of the manufacturers recommendations.
-Don't employ risky or questionable growing practices.
-Maintain plenty of clearance between hot grow lamps and ANY combustible material.  Also ensure lamps are securely affixed or installed to prevent coming in contact with combustible material.
-Provide for adequate ventilation and cooling.
-DO NOT conduct growing operations near where people live or sleep.  An exterior structure is best.
-Follow responsible and appropriate indoor growing practices.  There is plenty of safe and appropriate literature available.
-Consider installing a fire extinguisher or self-contained automatic extinguishing device in/near the growing area.
-It is best to shut down the operation when nobody is present in the area and at night.
-Ensure your smoke alarms are in place and fully functional. 

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