Firefighters Find Secret Stash in Basement

Posted on April 17, 2006 

Firefighters Find Secret Stash in Basement

Firefighters dousing a fire in a new home were confused when the man they thought was the owner suddenly left — until they found $700,000 worth of marijuana plants in the basement, officials said.

“It seemed so strange to me” that the man left, said Wadsworth Fire Chief Ralph Copley. “If it were my home burning, I’d want to be there.”

After firefighters extinguished the fire, which started in the attic early Friday morning, they found 239 marijuana plants filling one-fourth of the basement, which was wired throughout for indoor plant growing, authorities said.

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