Grow house discovered during Henderson house fire

Joyce Lupiani

Grow house discovered during Henderson house fire

CREATED Apr. 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Firefighters with the Henderson Fire Department discovered a grow house early Thursday morning after responding to a house fire.

The call was received at 2:37 a.m. about a house fire in the area of Warm Springs and Racetrack Road. The occupants were able to safely exit the house and waited for the fire department to arrive.

As fire crews worked to extinguish the fire, they observed marijuana plants and equipment in the home.

The fire department alerted the local police which called in the area's drug task force.

According to Laura Meltzer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, that call was received at about 3:53 a.m.

Since then, the drug task force comprised of officers from all of the Valley's jurisdictions has been at the house removing plants and other items.

The drug task force recovered 236 plants from the house. The plants are valued at $700,000.

No arrests have been made yet but charges are expected to be filed.

The fire department is estimating the damage to the house at $75,000. They also reported that one of the home's occupants of the house was evaluated for smoke inhalation but did not need treatment.

LVMPD says this was the 44th grow house they have discovered so far this year.

Action News has a crew on the scene and will update this story with information as it is received.