Article by Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist
The cause of a massive fire last fall at a former cannabis greenhouse in East Ladner still remains under investigation.
That’s according to the Delta fire department, which notes the cause of the blaze remains undetermined and that the file has also been handed over to the Delta police.
One problem is that security video footage was too badly damaged in the incident, a fire investigator told the Optimist this week.
Firefighters were dispatched to the blaze at Canopy Growth’s former growing facility in the 10200-block of Hornby Drive at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 1.
Once firefighters arrived on scene, the call was changed from a first alarm to a second alarm, so seven apparatus were dispatched involving 30 firefighters.
A member of the fire department at the time noted the structure contained cardboard material and a diesel generator and that no chemicals or fertilizers were inside the burnt-out structure.
There was also no reported injuries to firefighters and no one was inside the building.
Thick clouds of heavy black smoke were reported across the Lower Mainland.
The huge greenhouse in East Ladner, which for a time was to become one of the world’s largest cannabis grow operations, was recently sold by Canopy.
The Ontario-based company confirmed in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the company sold its vacant production facilities in Delta, as well as Aldergrove, for a combined CND$40.6 million, which was a major loss.