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Henderson house fire uncovers 236 pot plants

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Henderson police confirmed a marijuana grow house raid on the area of Racetrack and Warm Springs roads. (Armando Navarro/FOX5) Henderson police confirmed a marijuana grow house raid on the area of Racetrack and Warm Springs roads. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)
Piles of material from the grow house sit curbside. (Armando Navarro/FOX5) Piles of material from the grow house sit curbside. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

A call of a fire at a Henderson home Thursday led authorities to uncover more than 200 marijuana plants.

According to Las Vegas Metro police, Henderson Fire Department was originally called to a blaze at a home on Anchor Way, near Racetrack and Warm Springs roads, just before 4 a.m.

Police said the crew noticed marijuana plants inside the home after putting out the fire. That prompted a Metro drug task force to be called on scene.

In all, 236 marijuana plants were found with an estimated street value of $700,000, according to Metro police.

A source close to the investigation told FOX5 the fire started in the bedroom. A mother and her three children were home at the time but got out safe. While police and firefighters were there, they found the illegal marijuana plants in the garage.

"Oh my heavens," said Kirk Daily, who lives in the neighborhood. "I can't believe it. Our neighborhood hasn't had anything like that."

For hours, undercover agents raided the home and hauled away loads of electrical equipment, lighting and chemicals that were used in the illegal operation.

"We don't want this type of a hazard to be in our neighborhood which obviously draws a criminal element into the neighborhoods of Las Vegas."

Clark County Assessor's Office records show the house belongs to Nicholas Williams. Williams told FOX5 he was growing the marijuana for dispensaries in California.

Williams' wife, Jennifer Williams, admitted to growing the plants because both her and her husband lost their jobs.

"We used to have a full-blown business, but the economy went bad," said Jennifer Williams. "We tried doing other stuff, but it didn't work."

Police wouldn't comment on the suspects but only said they're looking into leads. Neighbors are relieved the grow house is gone and now they want those responsible to pay.

"I hope they get them," said Daily. "It will show people you can't do this. You're going to be in trouble."

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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