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Pot-growing operation starts Valley house fire

Firefighters found an indoor marijuana-growing operation in Granada Hills while dousing a house fire Thursday.

September 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles firefighters stumbled across an indoor marijuana-growing operation in Granada Hills while dousing a house fire Thursday morning on the 11900 block of Paso Robles Avenue.

A neighbor walking a child to school noticed the fire just before 8 a.m. and called 911.

Crews arrived on the scene a short time later and were able to contain the fire to the garage. That's where firefighters found hundreds of marijuana plants.

No one was in the house at the time of the fire.

Officials say the renter was stealing electricity and it was the illegal bypass that sparked the fire.