On May 19 at approximately 5:00 p.m., authorities in a Texas town responded to an emergency report of a house fire. When they arrived on the scene, they allegedly discovered what was described as a 'full scale marijuana operation," including grow lights, humidifiers, timers, 41 hydroponic marijuana plants and an irrigation system. Police also reported finding additional marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The resident is now charged with a drug-related crime.
Police believe that the fire began when the 26-year-old resident of the property intentionally started a fire in a burn barrel in the backyard. The wind then carried sparks and ignited the grass. The blaze spread to a storage shed, which was completely destroyed, and to the house. Firefighters were able to save the residence. They located the alleged growing operation when they entered the house to look for any spots that might reignite the blaze and notified police.