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Fire At East County Grow House Sparked By Illegal Electrical Hookup

An East County home concealing a marijuana-growing operation was damaged Tuesday in a fire apparently sparked by a jury-rigged and illegal electricity hookup, authorities reported.

The non-injury blaze in the 10100 block of Campo Road in Casa de Oro erupted about 9 a.m., according to the San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District.

After extinguishing the flames, personnel discovered a cannabis-cultivation setup, agency spokesman Leonard Villarreal said. Agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration were called in to investigate.

Preliminary evidence indicated that the cause of the fire was an illicit power connection to a utility pole near the residence, Villarreal said.

A dog that was inside the otherwise unoccupied house at the time of the fire was turned over to animal-control personnel.

Investigators set the structural monetary losses at $40,000.

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joemamma42 | November 19, 2013 at 4:47 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Fires like this happen because people are afraid to call a real electrician. Medical Marijuana has been legal in the state for almost 15 years now, yet we still don't have a single legal collective. With safe access, people wouldn't need to jerry rig their homes in order to get medicine. Or at least they could hire an electrician without fear of trouble. The ONLY permitted collective San Diego has ever had was shut down by the feds after our local DA handed over all of the info to the feds. Now people stay in the shadows for fear of being thrown to the wolves by the very people intrusted to protect them. Maybe the county gets more money from the feds than the taxpayers for law enforcement, but it seems to me that law enforcement should be answering to the people, not the feds. I'm not sure how you could even have cross sworn officers anymore without a conflict of interest. It's time for change in the DA's office, it would be nice to see someone in office who didn't have a political agenda. Someone who would abide by the will of the voters, not their personal cronies.

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sdreefer21 | November 19, 2013 at 7:37 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Stop calling it medicine it makes you look like a tool.

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