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Fire report yields garage pot farm in Granada Hills

July 24, 2010 |  2:40 pm

About 200 marijuana plants were discovered inside the garage of a Granada Hills home early Saturday morning when Los Angeles Fire Department crews responded to a reported fire. 

Firefighters were dispatched to 17471 West Doric Street at 2:22 a.m., Fire Department spokesman Devin Gales said. The home’s garage was filled with smoke, but there was no fire, he said. The engines remained on scene as Los Angeles Police Department officers arrived to investigate.

Authorities found a “fairly expensive and sophisticated” growing system inside the garage, and the marijuana plants, which had not been destroyed, LAPD Sgt. Andy Whitman said.

It was not clear whether anyone was living inside the home, which sits in a “quiet little residential area,” Whitman said. The home was being rented at the time, and authorities are trying to identify the person who was renting the home, he said.

The grower would likely face felony charges, Whitman said.

There were no injuries in the fire and no major damage, he said.

-- Samuel Allen