Firefighters discover indoor marijuana farm in Chino Hills
Smoke from an early morning house fire in Chino Hills on Friday morning had a little something extra in the mix.
At 6:15 a.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and Chino Valley Fire Department personnel responded to a house fire at 1807 Nordic Avenue in Chino Hills.
While extinguishing the fire, firefighters discovered hundreds of marijuana plants being grown inside the building.
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department Gangs/Narcotics Division, Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team, Chino Valley Fire Department and Southern California Edison personnel found evidence of an indoor marijuana farm and utility theft, according to a press release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators believe there were several hundred marijuana plants growing inside the house at the time the fire started, most were destroyed by the fire.
The fire is believed to have been caused by faulty wiring when the suspects bypassed the house’s electrical meter, possibly in an attempt to steal power and avoid tipping off law enforcement, as indoor marijuana farms typically consume a great deal of electricity.
The fire caused extensive damage to the interior of the house, which was leased through a property management company.
Investigators are still working to identify suspects in the case. Suspects will face charges of utility theft, unlawful causing of a fire to property, vandalism and cultivation of marijuana, according to the sheriff’s department.
Anyone with information is asked to call the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at 909-387-8400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can contact We Tip by calling 1-800-78 CRIME (1-800-782-7463) or by visiting WeTip.com online.