March 27, 2014 - 9:25 AM
WEST KELOWNA - A marijuana grow-op is the suspected cause of a basement fire in Glenrosa Tuesday night.
Members of West Kelowna Fire Rescue were called to the 3400 block of Ranch Rd. around 9 p.m.
Assistant fire chief Darren Lee says when firefighters discover a grow-op, policy dictates they retreat to safety and wait for power to be cut.
An extinguisher set off in the basement brought the fire under control without requiring firefighters inside.
Numerous police were also called to the scene and were questioning a woman near the house. Police couldn't say yet if it was a legal or illegal grow op.
A lone occupant was home at the time of the fire and was alerted by working smoke alarms in the home. No injuries were reported at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental and fire inspectors will attend the scene in the morning to conclude the investigation.
West Kelowna Fire Rescue responded with 3 engines and 1 command unit. A total of 14 firefighters were supported by West Kelowna RCMP, BC Ambulance, BC Hydro and Fortis Gas.
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— This story was updated at 12:11 p.m. March 26 to include details from West Kelowna Fire Rescue.
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