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Fire crews find 200 pot plants in garage fire

July 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Firefighters went to put out a garage fire in Granada Hills on Saturday and found a marijuana-growing operation in the home.The blaze broke out in a garage attached to the home located at 17471 Doric St. in the Knollwood neighborhood around 2:30 a.m. Neighbors saw the flames and called the fire department.

When firefighters put out the blaze, they discovered an extensive pot-growing operation. Authorities found around 200 marijuana plants inside three rooms of the house.

Police said they're following leads to track down the suspects. According to authorities, the operators cut into the main electricity line to get power for the grow lights, and that's what sparked the fire.

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

Many residents were surprised to learn of the illegal operation happening in their quiet neigborhood.

"They recently moved in and didn't really see them much so don't know anything about them, but I am surprised because we've been living in this neighborhood for about nine and a half years and we've never heard anything like this. It's a very nice, kid-friendly, secluded area, so it was very surprising for me," said Yasaman Radmehr, a neighbor.

The Department of Water and Power has been called in to investigate the illegal electrical connection that bypassed the meter to try and determine just how much power was stolen.

Neighbors said the house was foreclosed a couple of times and that they've rarely seen the two young men who appeared to be living there.

"For a very quiet neighborhood, up-scale neighborhood, it's pretty strange," said neighbor Harry Banjerjian.