ALFALFA, OR -- Detectives discovered a large illegal marijuana grow operation while investigating a fire that destroyed an Alfalfa manufactured home, Tuesday afternoon. According to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, one grow inside the home was destroyed by the fire, but they found a second operation in a detached shed on the Elk Lane property. They also seized evidence of butane honey oil (BHO) manufacturing from a second detached shed; neither structure was damaged by the blaze.
Officers arrested 23-year-old Autumn Averette (pictured), Wednesday morning. Her roommates, 28-year-old Lauren Todd and 34-year-old Alexander Lioulios are wanted for questioning.
The cause of the fire was preliminarily ruled "accidental."
An Alfalfa-area home was destroyed by fire, Tuesday afternoon. The Red Cross is helping the one person affected with temporary lodging and recovery services.
The blaze was reported just before 12:30 p.m. on Elk Lane. Flames were prevented from spreading to neighboring homes thanks to efforts by Alfalfa's new fire chief and neighbors.