By Associated Press - Monday, January 25, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Firefighters dispatched to a blaze over the weekend were surprised by the discovery of a marijuana growing operation located inside the burning home in western Massachusetts.

The Springfield Republican reports ( ) the fire was reported around 5:21 a.m. Sunday at a home on Horace Street in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood.

Officials say the cause of the fire was an overheated radiator pipe. The blaze caused approximately $20,000 in damage and displaced three residents.

Firefighters entered the structure and found marijuana plants growing in a room in the home.

Dennis Leger, executive aide to Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant, says the information was turned over to the Springfield Police Department.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican,

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