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Fire in Rowland Heights home reveals marijuana-growing operation

December 13, 2011 |  8:53 am

Marijuana in Rowland Heights house
Firefighters putting out a house fire in Rowland Heights discovered marijuana plants growing inside, officials said Tuesday.

Authorities were unsure how many plants were inside the two-story, single-family house on the 18000 block of Villa Clara Street, said Lt. John Saleeby of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. The department's narcotics bureau will be investigating, he said.

No one was inside the house when firefighters arrived at 10:49 p.m. Monday after the department received reports of black smoke coming from the house, said Inspector Quvondo Johnson of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The fire was contained to the second floor and was extinguished by 11:19 p.m., Johnson said. One firefighter was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The blaze may have been caused by an electrical malfunction, Johnson said.

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Photo: Marijuana plants discovered by firefighters at a home in Rowland Heights. Credit: KTLA-TV

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