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UPDATED: Renton House Fire Exposes Marijuana Grow Operation

Renton Police are currently serving a search warrant on the home.

UPDATE: 10:15 a.m.

Renton Police are currently serving a search warrant on the residence, according to a statement released Tuesday morning. There are no suspects at this time. 

ORIGINAL POST: 7:30 a.m.

Renton Fire and Emergency Services responded to a house fire-turned pot bust early Tuesday on Talbot Crest Drive South.

Not surprisingly, no one was home.

Reports of the fire first surfaced at 5:22 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27. Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the eaves of the two-story, split-level home.

“We did a quick knock down,” said Battalion Chief Bill Flora. “The flames were out within 15 minutes."

Renton Fire has responded to other house fires in the Talbot neighborhood, but a residential fire-turned pot bust in this neighborhood is a first, he said.

After a search of the home, firefighters found plants on the first and second floors of the home, but did not find anyone inside.

As of 6:30 a.m., firefighters continued to clear the house so the Renton Police Department could conduct an investigation.

Investigators report the cause of the fire was likely accidental.

Melvin Neifert November 27, 2012 at 04:45 PM
More victims of senseless prohibition.
FlyingTooLow November 27, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Cannabis prohibition is a crime against humanity conducted at tax payer expense. Odd, with tobacco being legal, we do not read about folks inadvertently burning their homes trying to grow a little smoke.
Vinh November 27, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I have to disagree with the homeowners being victims. A lot of these grow operations are conducted by organized crime organizations that care about nothing more than making $. We don't know for sure if this particular house is one of those, but to have huge growing operations rewiring must be done, which may lead to these fires. I will agree that the prohibition is senseless though and it is at taxpayers expense. Prohibition is what creates these organizations in the first place. I am a smoker myself, and if I decided to grow for personal use I would need just a couple plants, nothing that requires extensive electrical rework done to my home. Again I don't know ALL of the facts. I've heard here in WA state it is now legal, so would they arrest the growers? however I haven't really read into this new law, so I wouldn't know.
Dom November 27, 2012 at 06:31 PM
if nobody was home how do they know it was illegal? if the residents had medical marijuana cards they would be legally allowed to grow 15 plants each and posses up to 24 ounces each(Chapter 69.51a RCW). this is just another example of how passing I-502 will be used against the people. under I-502 the average person can not grow there own.
Ian Liddle November 27, 2012 at 06:38 PM
There's nothing legal about growing tobacco in your home with the intent to sell, and I doubt this would be newsworthy if it was quantities appropriate for just the grower's consumption.
FlyingTooLow November 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
@ Ian Liddle... Wow...I had no idea that growing tobacco was illegal. What will they think of next? Many thanks for the info, Stay safe and happy..

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