Sweet Dirt medical marijuana facility in flames


A two-alarm blaze barreled through a medical marijuana grow facility and caregiver business on Route 236 Monday night, as responding fire departments struggled with access and water supply.

The billowing smoke drew crowds near 495 Harold Dow Highway where Sweet Dirt Inc. operates a state-licensed caregiving business “growing small batch, artisan, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association-certified clean cannabis,” according to its website. The business was founded in 2014.

The structure was unoccupied when the fire started, and no one was injured.

Josiah Gould was working in an unassociated car garage onsite when he saw smoke. He made the 911 call around 7:30 p.m., he said, and the scene stayed “pretty mundane for a while,” until flames became visible from the roof after 8 p.m.

More than five fire departments, including Eliot, Kittery, York, South Berwick and Rollinsford (NH), responded to

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