Fire in Shed Doused, Pot in House Seized! 

Fire in Shed Doused, Pot in House Seized! 
Posted by FoM on January 03, 1999 at 06:55:00 PT

San Francisco firefighters battling a blaze in the Parkside neighborhood yesterday morning stumbled upon a two-story home lavishly renovated to produce smoke of a different kind -- Marijuana! 
Police say the two-bedroom, light-green stucco house at 2442 42nd Ave. was no ordinary home. Two men who rented the house allegedly converted the space into a high-tech marijuana greenhouse, complete with an elaborate air duct system, heating lamps and timers. ``The entire home was set up as a marijuana-producing location,'' said police narcotics Lieutenant Kitt Crenshaw. A generator hooked up to the natural gas line ignited in a backyard shed early yesterday. When firefighters entered the house to turn off the gas, they found themselves surrounded by a mini-forest of marijuana plants. ``The second you hit the door, you can smell it,'' Crenshaw said. ``You can stand outside the home and smell it, it was that strong.'' The garage and bedrooms were stocked with marijuana plants and thousands of dollars of growing equipment, including fans and lights. The only normal furnishings were two couches and a television set, Crenshaw said. Narcotics officers seized 200 marijuana plants worth an estimated $20,000 from the home, Crenshaw said. Police also found seven assault weapons and nearly 400 rounds of ammunition. The two men who had rented the house a month ago were not home at the time of the blaze, police said. No arrests had been made late yesterday. The residents powered the home- greenhouse with the generator to cut down on electricity bills, police said. The faulty generator, fueled by the natural gas line, was a potential danger to the entire neighborhood, Crenshaw said. No one was injured when either a leak or an electrical short-circuit caused the generator to ignite at 1:30 a.m., authorities said. Damage from the single-alarm blaze was confined to the shed. 
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