Suspected Marijuana Grow House Catches Fire in Elk Grove

pothouseELK GROVE—

Crime scene tape surrounds an Elk Grove home that went up in flames, with police are investigating whether a legal or illegal marijuana growing operation was being run inside.

“I walked outside to the pool, iPod and towel in hand, and I see my fence lying on the ground,” said neighbor Kim Herlache.

Herlache lives directly behind the home on Laguna Villa Street that caught fire around 11 a.m.

Although she missed the flames she saw the aftermath — a roof almost entirely gone and police officers waiting to go inside the home, where firefighters found a large amount of marijuana growing inside.

“Apparently two or three rooms had marijuana in them and we are in the process of trying to identify who is the owner of the residence,” said Officer Christopher Trim with Elk Grove Police

The Cosumnes Fire Department says the fire started in the attic and quickly spread, causing damage to the rest of the home.

Neighbors believe the home was being rented out and often saw people coming and going.

Many like Herlache had no clue marijuana was being grown there.

“I regularly have my granddaughter over at the house, my family at the house. That is not the kind of neighbor you want so I am very disturbed by that,” said Herlache.

It is still unclear if anyone was living in home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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