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Grow-op Discovered in Wake of House Fire

By Hempology | June 8, 2006

getimage.gif Victoria police were investigating a possible marijuana grow operation in connection with a house fire Wednesday night on a quiet street in the Oak Bay border area.
Firefighters responding to a fire in the basement of the 1046 Amphion St. bungalow saw the illegal plants in two rooms, city police said.
Const. John Musicco, standing outside the house after the fire was put out, said police detained a man who lives in the house for questioning.
Musicco said the man, “about 55,? was not home at the time of the fire, reported by a passerby at 8:43 p.m. Police were attempting to get a warrant to search the house at press time.
Ron Stubbington, fire battalion chief, said a bed and surrounding furniture in a basement corner room appear to have caught fire.
The fire was contained by 9 p.m. with 13 firefighters responding to the scene. No damage estimate was available, although the home remained largely intact save for a few broken windows and smoke damage. No one was in the residence at the time of the fire. Police asked B.C. Hydro to disconnect power from the house while the investigation continued.

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