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Victorville pot farm goes up in smoke

Firefighter shocked by live wire

VICTORVILLE • Firefighters discovered 30 to 40 large marijuana plants while fighting a residential fire early Tuesday morning, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

According to the release, fire units responded to the blaze in the 17000 block of Spencer Road at 1:30 a.m. and found the single-story home with smoke coming out of the attic vents.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury when he came in contact with a live wire from the growing operation’s illegal modification of electrical wiring that bypassed the breaker and meter, according to the release.

“(The firefighter) got a pretty good shock where he was kind of thrown back a little bit,” Capt. Josh Wilkins said.

Because the power could not be turned off to the live wires, the situation was described in the release as “a potentially deadly hazard for firefighters.”

The majority of the damage was confined to the attic space and ceiling area of the home with an estimated damage cost of $20,000, according to the release.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the home as a possible crime scene.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller said that no one was home at the time of the fire and that no one is in custody at this time.

Kris Reilly contributed to this report.

Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at

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This is another reason why medical dispensares that are operating according to state law should be allowed to remain. It would stop this criminal element and add taxes to our bankrupt cities.

Laura - Feb 26, 2013 02:22:08 PM Remove Comment

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