Firefighters battling a residential house fire in Vallejo on Monday found a marijuana grow house with hundreds of plants, and a significantly altered electricity system to power the operation.
Damage to the single-family house on 108 Monica Place was limited to two rooms on the second floor, but Vallejo officials said pot plants were growing in every room of the house.
No injuries from the fire were reported, but a firefighter cut his hand removing wood from a window and needed stitches, according to the Vallejo Times-Herald newspaper.
“The whole house had been converted to a grow house,” Acting Battalion Chief George Everett told the newspaper.
“There were over 300 plants” inside,” he said.
The fire was the third this year in homes being used to grow marijuana.
The operations were probably started to supply Vallejo’s once-burgeoning medical marijuana dispensary industry.
The city was believed to have had more than two dozen dispensaries operating openly before authorities began raiding the facilities and arresting their owners in February.
Only a handful are still believed to be in operation in the city.
No Solano County jurisdictions expressly permit marijuana dispensaries to operate, and all but Vallejo has forbidden them to open.
But dispensary operators believed they were allowed to distribute pot under California’s Proposition 215, approved by state voters in 1996.
State law permits marijuana distribution under medical supervision, but pot still is illegal under federal law.
On Monday, Vallejo police confiscated the plants found in the Monica Place home and said they were investigating who owned them and who owned the house, the newspaper said.