Did a marijuana grow operation cause this house to go up in smoke?

A marijuana plant grows legally under lights at the Boulder County Caregivers in Boulder, Colo.
A marijuana plant grows legally under lights at the Boulder County Caregivers in Boulder, Colo.
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Los Angeles firefighters responding to a house fire uncovered a marijuana grow operation.

Fire Department spokeswoman Amy Bastman says nobody was at the home in suburban Van Nuys at the time of the fire Saturday.

Crews quickly knocked down the flames and called narcotics officers after finding dozens of pot plants in a car port.

Police Sgt. Michael Goldberg tells KCBS-TV that the cause of the fire might have been overloaded electrical circuits to power the grow operation.

Officers seized 48 marijuana plants. Six are now allowed by law, Goldberg said.

The owner of the home has been cited.