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2,489 Marijuana Plants Discovered in Arcadia House During Small Fire

Police said the roof fire was caused by wires. No one was home at the time of the incident.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Editor's Note: Arcadia Police released the following announcement on Monday, Feb. 17.

Today, at approximately 8:49 a.m., the Arcadia Police Department received a call from a witness reporting a neighboring house was on fire.

Officers, along with Arcadia Fire Department personnel, responded to the scene and located a small roof fire caused by wires in the 2400 block of Louise Avenue. 

In an attempt to locate persons inside the residence and get them to safety, officers made entry into the house and observed numerous marijuana plants in different stages of cultivation. Nobody was located inside the dwelling. 

Once the fire was extinguished and the location was rendered safe, officers remained on-scene and contacted members of the Detective Bureau for further investigation. Detectives searched the residence and recovered 2,489 live marijuana plants along with sophisticated growing equipment used for the cultivation of the crops.

A representative from Southern California Edison was at the location and estimated $16,000 to $20,000 in energy consumption had been stolen during the time of this operation.

Currently there is nobody in custody for this crime. 

The investigation is being conducted by Arcadia Police Department Officers and Detectives.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150. You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 18, 2014 at 06:31 PM
2,500 plants gone? Oh, the humanity!......Seriously, I have never grown a weed plant, but the amount of money that can be made in one house is enormous.
rubberband February 19, 2014 at 12:13 AM
Even tho it was a really small fire, it took like 7 hours to put it out....between large spells of laughing, Taco Bell runs, and well...just sorta chillin'...the fire took longer than expected to be put completely out.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 19, 2014 at 12:28 AM
That's funny...reminds me of the 70's cheech and chong movie. The cop pulls them over, and is high by the time he reaches the van. I had a tenant that was growing dozens of plants in the basement. the neighbor called me to let me know.....as she works in a crime lab for a police dept. He is very lucky. He immediately got rid of the plants, and that was the end of the story. I never told him how I knew, just told him he had 4 hours or it was out of my hands.
genevieve February 19, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Isn't this the second incident in Arcadia re: empty home filled with pot plants? The first home was a megamansion. There are 2 on our street, empty for quite some time. If the houses are sold wouldn't there be a record of who the owners are?
genevieve February 19, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Shepherd, interesting statistics. What do you know about the killing of brain cells?
Susan P February 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM
genevieve, I looked at a house that were previously grow-ops to restore. It was right down the street from where I am now, and small. These properties are usually owned by the banks by the time they go up for sale. Usually, prior to this, the owners have leased them out, then the tenants grow the plants as quickly as possible without paying their rent or utilities, which are usually enormous. This causes the owner to go into arrears with the bank. Then, it takes months for banks to obtain clear title, before they list it as a short sale. The one I looked at up the street had all of the plumbing removed, except for the line that led to the sprinker system for the plants. The entire home was filled with mould. It would have taken a great deal of work to fix, and a long time to get a deal together with the bank. Paperwork, ick. I'm almost positive that the condition of that property here in the desert, and the conditions of its sale would mirror any grow-op house, in any town or city, anywhere.

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