HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) A house fire in Hesperia turned out to also be an illegal marijuana grow operation, officials confirmed.
On Saturday, September 2nd at 9:58 a.m., San Bernardino County Fire responded to a house fire in the 15200 block of Orange Street.
Upon arrival, firefighters located light smoke showing from a single story structure and conducted a primary check of the residence and found no occupants inside.
The fire was determined to be a garage fire, and as firefighters were fighting the fire, they discovered a marijuana grow house, per scanner reports.
According to Battalion Chief Bobby Cox, firefighters were able to confine the fire to the garage and kept it from spreading to the house.
A witness told Victor Valley News they saw two women fleeing from the residence before any police or fire officials arrived on scene. “They were in a hurry and jumped in a small car and just left,” stated the witness.
After the flames were extinguished, officials confirmed there was in-fact an illegal marijuana grow. Deputies at the scene remained tight-lipped and wouldn’t comment on the incident.
A Fire Investigator said the cause of the fire was determined to have been an accidental electrical.
Information will be updated as it becomes available.