Marijuana grow operation uncovered during house fire
A house fire revealed a marijuana grow operation on Friday. (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Police busted a marijuana grow house in Vegas Friday after it caught fire.
A neighbor reported smoke coming from the home at 1904 W. Mesquite Ave. around 9:28 a.m. After reporting the fire, the neighbor offered help to the burning home's occupant.
The neighbor found the burning home's occupant retrieving a garden hose. He told the neighbor that everything was under control, and that he didn't want firefighters coming to his residence.
Minutes later firefighters arrived on scene and found a stand-alone air conditioner on fire in a bedroom. The flames were extinguished, and firefighters discovered marijuana plants in the room.
Metro police were called to the home to investigate. Police located 12 mature plants and an unknown number of immature plants. They also found grow equipment, numerous chemicals and roughly one pound of harvested and packaged marijuana.
Investigators determined that the fire was started by a free standing air conditioner which was employed in the grow operation.
Police said that so far no arrests have been made and that the investigation is ongoing.
The fire caused $10,000 in damage.
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Thursday, August 21 2014 7:40 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:40:00 GMT
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